Is CBD Gum Environmentally Friendly?
How environmentally friendly CBD gum is
People have chewed gum for thousands of years to help stave off hunger or thirst, clean teeth and freshen their breath. The concept of chewing gum has been around since the Greeks (although they would often chew on resin from a mastic tree), but how environmentally friendly is it?
With figures showing that 95% of the streets in the UK are stained with chewing gum, the impacts of this small item can be huge. But let’s see how exactly gum impacts the environment and how we can help to stop it.
The environmental impact of gum
Many people use gum on a day-to-day basis, absent-mindedly chewing without really thinking about the environmental implications. Usual chewing gum is made from polymers and synthetic plastics that do not naturally break down, causing a problem to our local environment.
The same synthetic plastics are used to make car tyres and some types of flooring too, so it is safe to say that they are difficult to break down.
How CBD gum can be environmentally friendly
In order to make chewing gum, including CBD gum, more environmentally friendly suppliers need to use biodegradable ingredients that will be able to easily break down over time. It is beneficial to use sustainable and organic ingredients wherever possible too.
There’s also a start-up business called Gumdrop that looks to recycle and reuse all types of chewing gum. They do this by making shoe soles, pencils and other items out of the used gum.
How to dispose of CBD gum
The way people dispose of gum can have a detrimental impact too. Costly and time-consuming removal is needed when people throw it on the floor. During the process of removal, harmful chemicals can be used which are then drained into the ocean.
Not only this, but if a passing animal finds the chewing gum then it can make its way into the food chain. Young birds have even died after ingesting gum they found on the floor.
In order to avoid these issues, the best way to dispose of CBD gum is to simply wrap it in a piece of scrap paper and put it into your bin once you are finished with it - it’s as easy as that!