Chewing gum is pretty much synonymous with all things sticky, tacky and gummy. But now scientists have developed a nonstick version that removes easily from pavement, hair, shoes and clothes. The chewed bits also degrade naturally in water and could significantly reduce the amount of gum pollution gunking up sidewalks and parking lots. 'If you stick this chewing gum onto a sidewalk, within 24 hours the gum has disappeared,' said Roger Pettman, chairman and CEO of Revolymer, the London-based company formed to develop and market the gum.

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Do you think clean gum is the wave of the future?
Chewing gum is pretty much synonymous with all things sticky, tacky and gummy. But now scientists have developed a nonstick version that removes easily from pavement, hair, shoes and clothes. The chewed bits also degrade naturally in water and could significantly reduce the amount of gum pollution gunking up sidewalks and parking lots. `If you stick this chewing gum onto a sidewalk, within 24 hours the gum has disappeared,` said Roger Pettman, chairman and CEO of Revolymer, the London-based company formed to develop and market the gum.

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14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/28/07 - 7:43:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the gum dissolves in water, wouldn't it just dissolve in your mouth therefore taking away the purpose of the gum?
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/28/07 - 7:49:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/28/2007 7:43:14 PM kpurple wrote:
If the gum dissolves in water, wouldn't it just dissolve in your mouth therefore taking away the purpose of the gum?
If you're chewing the same piece all day, yeah.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/28/07 - 7:49:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure it will be cool and new for about 1 week, then it will be sooooo over with :)
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/28/07 - 8:12:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
But does it blow a good bubble?
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/28/07 - 8:26:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
What kpurple said. Even if you chew it for a short while, won't the consistency still be different?
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/4/07 - 2:39:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/28/2007 7:43:14 PM kpurple wrote:
If the gum dissolves in water, wouldn't it just dissolve in your mouth therefore taking away the purpose of the gum?

Exactly what I was thinking...

13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/23/08 - 3:30:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't understand. I'm not a chemist, but I think if it dissolves so easily in water it'll probably dissolve pretty easily in your saliva while you're chewing it.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/23/08 - 7:29:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, saliva has enzymes in it that can be made to react with the gum and prevent it dissolving.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/25/09 - 2:42:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
It should be. I'm so sick of seeing disgusting gum all over a sidewalk.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/25/09 - 2:51:41 AM EST (GMT-5)

Gum on sidewalk will be the new kitsch of nostalgia in arts. Similarly to shoes on electric wires and white doggy poo on sidewalks.



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