Is there a sustainable chewing gum?

A chiclero taps a Manlikara tree for gum in Guatemala. (Source)

Chewing gum — social and environmental impact

What is the base for chewing gum actually made from?

Chewing gum that’s not made from petroleum

Macario, 47, head of his tribe in the Gran Pétén rainforest, says the Consorcio Chiclero has rescued a declining chicle industry. Workers who had deserted their villages to provide cheap hotel labour are returning to the rainforest to resume their old skills, tapping the chicozapote trees sustainably once every eight years.

Three gums made from chicle tapped from Manlikara trees: Simply Gum, Glee Gum and Chicza.

Review of a natural gum — Simply Gum

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