CRAZY WEDNESDAY: WHAT GOES AROUND GUMS AROUND

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London-based designer Anna Bullus has developed a wonderfully innovative and isopathic solution to the problem of what to do with discarded chewing and bubble gum. By mixing recycled chewing gum with a bio-resin, Bullus invented a new material, “Gumnetic”, which is completely biodegradable.

The new material is also very versatile, as varying the proportions of the components results in different textures of the end product.

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She has applied to create this eye-catching and functional gum recycling bin. It is particularly ingenious in that, when the bin is full, the entire thing, contents and the bin itself can be immediately recycled into Gumnetic, with no pre-processing or sorting required. This design has won Bullus the 2007 British Councils National Design Award.

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Using a different composition, Bullus has also created a cushion similar to memory foam pads, the Gumnetic Chewy Pad.

I think these designs are brilliant, and as the material has such versatility from quite simple modifications, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot more Gumnetic products – it’s a good enough incentive to dispose of your gum in a hygienic and environmentally friendly way.

Amanda

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