Have you ever noticed how our towns, cities, streets, parks, schools, cinemas, trains, planes and theme parks are being taken over by random white splodges? Have you ever taken the time to stop and look at exactly what these splodges are? Unfortunately not the work of a radical artist, alien invasion or simply a random act of nature, these splodges are a product of irresponsible chewing gum disposal.
These white splodges may look like a worthless waste but that does not mean they are cheap. It costs councils across the UK £60 million pounds a year to remove chewing gum litter from our streets.
So why do we do it? Why do we litter our streets? Destroy our surroundings with a dirty eyesore? Allow others to stand or sit in our poorly disposed of chewing gum? Unfortunately, we cannot answer questions on the wonders of mankind, but what we can do is offer a solution to this sticky situation. Gumdrop Ltd was founded by Anna Bullus in 2009 to tackle the global problem of chewing gum litter. Gumdrop Ltd is the first company in the world to recycle and process chewing gum into a range of new compounds that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry. Make way for Gum-tec®.
Gumdrop Ltd has been founded on a closed-loop recycling process. Gum-tec® is used to manufacture the Gumdrop Bin and Gumdrop on-the-go, pink receptacles designed specifically for the disposal of waste chewing gum. Gumdrops are bright pink and look like strawberry flavoured bubble gum bubbles, a fun, colourful replacement for the common blank eyesore of the white splodge. Once the Gumdrop is full, the whole Gumdrop along with its contents of waste gum is recycled and processed to manufacture new Gumdrops, the cycle starts again.
Gumdrop Ltd collaborates with manufacturers and companies globally in order to offer innovative products made from recycled and processed chewing gum. With Gumdrop’s help, recycled and processed chewing gum can become a vast number of things from wellington boots to mobile phone covers, stationery, packaging and much more. As well as being used as a more sustainable choice to virgin plastics.
As well as consulting companies on how to implement sustainably driven processes in order to hit ESG goals, reduce waste and increase profit margins. We are able to share our knowledge and learnings discovered whilst creating Gumdrop, in turn helping our clients to adopt robust and innovative solutions to their problematic waste streams.
Will you give gum a second life?