FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here at Honest Gum, we are completely transparent and do not hide any synthetic materials in our plastic free natural chewing gum. Here are a few of your questions answered...
WHAT CHEWING GUM IS PLASTIC FREE?
Short Answer - Honest Gum is Plastic Free and for great reasons...
At Honest Gum you will NEVER find plastic in our chewing gum!
Most conventional chewing gums list ‘gum base’ as one of their ingredients, masking the fact that petroleum, polyethylene, polyvinyl acetate, petroleum wax and stearic acid may be among the components. Not to mention the potentially harmful synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame or sorbitol.
That’s why at Honest Gum our main focus is having a plastic free gum base. We make our natural chewing gum the traditional way using chicle, a sustainably harvested natural sap from the sapodilla tree in Central America. This means our chewing gum has NO nasties, NO artificial colours, NO artificial flavours, NO artificial preservatives and NO petrochemical bases (aka plastics).
HOW LONG DOES HONEST GUM TAKE TO DECOMPOSE?
It is complicated to establish the exact time to obtain the biodegradable reaction after chewing and discarding Honest Gum.
In short, the average time is 12-15 months depending on certain environmental factors.
Temperature, light, moisture, by chemical factors such as hydrolysis caused by a change in PH or the action of enzymes which contain the saliva of each person and the microbial process in the substrate where the gum was discarded.
All these factors have great variants in order to make exact estimates including transformation in carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, methane, inorganic molecules.
CAN I THROW HONEST GUM IN THE COMPOST?
Yes! You can definitely throw your Honest Gum in the compost and it will decompose in approximately 12-15 months.
IS NATURAL CHEWING GUM SUSTAINABLE?
Honest Gum is made the traditional way using natural chicle, a sustainably harvested sap from the Mexican sapodilla tree.
The tree sap is extracted by a chiclero from each tree every 6-7 years and is done in a very gentle way that does not destroy or compromise the tree’s survival and each tree can produce gum continuously for up to 300 years.
IS HONEST GUM ETHICAL?
The Chiclero continues to preserve the Central American Forest where he and his family have lived for generations and you are supporting the livelihood of a Chiclero and his family when you chew on Honest Gum.
IS CHEWING GUM GLUTEN FREE?
Honest Gum contains no gluten.
Not all chewing gum is gluten free and because of the vague term 'gum base' that is printed on the back of every packet on the supermarket shelf, you really don't know the hidden ingredients in that 'gum base'.
Here at Honest Gum we can confirm that all Honest Gum natural chewing gum is completely gluten free and is safe for people with Celiac disease and any other wheat and gluten intolerances.