Day 95 Sticky Situation

Everywhere we go, on the pavement, under our desk at school or the table in the restaurant, sometimes stuck to the bottom of our shoe, or some extremely unlucky people may have ended up with it in their hair… Chewing Gum.

So what is it? Why do we chew it?

BrainStuff – HowStuffWorks

Chewing gum is a confectionery good, made to be chewed only, not swallowed like others. It is made with a concoction of ingredients described as ‘gum base’ complete with added flavourings. Gum is chewed often out of habit or to keep our breath smelling nice. When I was at school we would chew it during exams, after being told it improved memory. I chewed it when trying to lose weight, as it is sweet and distracting, also mint is a appetite suppressant. Some people will use it as an alternative to smoking when trying to quit.

But there are many disadvantages to gum chewing. The sugar in gum increases plaque which leads to tooth decay. When chewing a high quantity of sugar-free gums, they are known for having a laxative effect. Gum that has been chewed, often doesn’t make it to the bin so it becomes litter, as gum is not biodegradable it will sit until it is removed at a costly price, when that money could be put to better use.

Cleaning up chewing gum alone costs the average town centre £60,000 per year (up to £56 million for 936 towns in England).

Local Government Association

Reduce gum chewing or quit if you can, but if you must chew gum, throw it in the bin when you are finished and help reduce the cost of cleaning it off the street.

Unfortunately this will be my last blog post. I will continue my 365 days, if you would like to follow on facebook. Thank you for reading everyday.

Have a nice day!

Chloé

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