INGREDIENTS: CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR (SUGAR, CORN STARCH), GUM BASE (CONTAINS CHICLE)*, CORN SYRUP, NATURAL PEPPERMINT FLAVOR, NATURAL CHERRY FLAVOR.
*More info on gum base can be found here.
|Serving Size||1 piece (3.0 g) as prepared|
|Servings Per Container||about 60|
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates 3 g||1%|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.|
Chicle: The Sap of the Sapodilla Tree
Once all chewing gum was made from chicle. That’s the sap of the sapodilla tree, which grows in rainforest in Central America. Men called “chicleros” climb up the tall trees and, with their machetes, cut criss-crosses in the trunks so that the sticky sap flowed out. Then the chicle was processed and turned into gum.
Today, most chewing gum is made from synthetic stuff, but the gum base in this kit includes real chicle. So now, chicleros have a reason to harvest the chicle once again and protect their trees.
What Does a Gum Kit Have to Do with the Rainforest? The Story of Eduardo
Eduardo is a chiclero. That means that he taps sapodilla trees and collects the sap from them. That sap is called chicle, and it’s the stuff that used to be used all the time to make chewing gum. Nowadays, the gum we buy in stores is made from chemicals and synthetic gum bases, not chicle. That means that there is less work for people like Eduardo.
He lives in the Northern part of Guatemala, in an area called the Peten, which is a rain forest. It’s hard to imagine how different life is there from life in the United States, but you can get an idea by thinking about the rain forest, filled with loads of different kinds of birds, animals, and trees. Because it rains so much, everything grows very quickly and there are plants everywhere. It is very beautiful with all sorts of different colors and sounds.
The problem with living in a rain forest is that it is difficult to make a living there, and it’s hard to get around because there are only really bumpy dirt roads, and only a few of them. There are not many jobs, and many people are very, very poor. They chop down the trees in the forest to make gardens to grow some food, and some of them chop down the trees to sell for lumber. And, pretty soon, if all that chopping continues, there won’t be a forest left at all.
The sapodilla trees grow wild in the rain forest, and in order to get the chicle, chicleros tap them every 4 or 5 years; they do not chop them down. If more people chew gum made out of chicle, like in the GUM KIT, the people who live there would have a real reason not to cut down trees. It would make more sense to protect the trees, and tap them for the chicle they produce.
So that is where the GUM KIT comes in: The more gum you chew made from chicle, the more you help keep Eduardo employed in protecting the rain forest. The whole world thanks you!!!