Neat New Uses for Chicle!

Howdy do, gum chews!

Do you remember when I told you about the Design for a Living World exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NY last May? Commissioned by the Nature Conservancy, this innovative show included vases made of chicle by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. Chicle, as you may recall, is my very favorite tree sap; it’s that swell, sticky stuff that gives Glee Gum good chew and helps conserve the rainforest too!

Well, as it happens, Hella’s chicle vases inspired a group of young designers to develop a line of beauty products made from chicle. Who knew all that chicle could do?

WHAT THE HELLA? is the product line that Ingrid Zweifel, Monica Bhatia, Leigh Ann Tucker, and Chelsea Briganti designed. In an effort to find more industrial uses for chicle, and to support the communities of the Yucatan Peninsula where chicle is sustainably harvested, these designers have created products like incense and sapodilla soap and oil. Perhaps most impressive is the chicle wax they developed for hair removal. Check it out!


This weekend, you can vote to get funding for the further development of WHAT THE HELLA? at FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), a community fundraiser to support new artists. On Saturday, February 6, 2010, FEAST will be held at Church of the Messiah at 129 Russell Street in Brooklyn, NY from 5-8 pm. For $10, guests can enjoy a local dinner, dessert, and unlimited beer – plus vote for one of the proposed projects. Hope you can make it there, New Yorkers! (But, goodness gracious, be careful on the subway after “unlimited” beer!)

To learn more about WHAT THE HELLA?, click here. In the meantime, let me know if you think of any more nifty uses for chicle!

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