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Biodegradeable Gum Goes On Sale... As Street Cleaners Cross Their Fingers

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It is an environmental scourge that saddles local government with clean-up bills running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. But today the world's first biodegradable chewing gum is arriving on British supermarket shelves, potentially putting to an end the sticky mess caused by the conventional product.

Chicza Rainforest Gum is manufactured in Mexico by Consorcio Chiclero - a consortium of 56 co-operatives employing some 2,000 chicleros (gum farmers) and their families. The workers extract natural gum from the sap of the chicle tree, which is then used to make the product.

Read the whole story at The Guardian

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