Friday, December 4, 2015

Gumdrop Bins Help Give Gum A Second Life

Gum can be very annoying to us people when it sticks under our shoes, but at the same time it can taste very good. The thing is, gum does only bad to the environment and nothing good. This is because the main ingredient in gum is synthetic rubber and it is not biodegradable. Thanks to a new company named Gumdrop Ltd, this problem might be fixed.

The company, which is based in the United Kingdom, has invented a little pink bin. People who pass by can easily dispose their gum. Once the bins fill up, they are brought to the company's factory and they are used to make things out of the disposed gum. It is used to make things like rubber boots and phone cases. When the project started, the company was concerned that people wouldn't just dispose gum, but also other products. To solve this problem, the company has created a filter which gets rid of the extra garbage.

In 2009, the company was inspired to start this project after seeing the dirty gum-filled streets in London. To see if this would work, they set two bins inside a men's restroom at Southampton Airport. The project was extremely successful. The bins fill up about 5 times a year. Three years later in 2012, the bins were adopted in a Legoland right outside of London.

The company hopes to carry the bins all around the world. Their main goal is to reach the USA; this is because 59% of the population eats gum. The company has also made a product called Gumdrop On-The-Go, which is a portable version of the bin that can be attached to your key chain.

My opinion is that I think it is cool how this company is taking action and making products out of disposed gum. I hope they can expand its lineup of bins into other countries.

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