Before all of the chemicals and artificial compounds used in most chewing gum today, gum was made from the sap of the Sapodilla tree, which grows abundantly in South American rainforests (and other locations). The sap is called chicle, and the men who climb the trees to collect the sap are called chicleros. No doubt you recognize a brand or two that utilize these words. It's no surprise that as the contents of most gum moved from chicle, a natural and sustainable resource, to artificial, it has also impacted the community of chicleros because the demand for the Sapodilla sap has decreased.
Glee not only offers chicle-based tangerine, cinnamon and peppermint gum, they also offer a do-it-yourself kit. Part science lesson and part eco-chic custom experience, these kits also reinforce the virtuous values of sustainability and natural over artificial.
Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kits make around 50 pieces of gum and are available online for $10 from Glee. Refills available.