Chew on This: Biodegradable Gum Hits Stores

Will vanish in six weeks after a good chew
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 30, 2009 6:14 AM CDT
The new gum will dry up and disappear to nothingness in six weeks.   (©Jasmin Baltres Photography)
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(Newser) – The first widely available biodegradable chewing gum hits British stores today. Chicza Rainforest Gum is manufactured in Mexico from the sap of the chicle tree collected by a cooperative network of chicleros, or gum farmers. Unlike regular gum, Chicza uses no petrochemicals, isn't sticky, and dries up and crumbles to nothingness in about six weeks after a good chew. A pack of lime or spearmint gum sells for $2 a pack.