November 2014 Update: Unfortunately, Peppersmith has decided to start adding plastic to its gum base, so I can no longer recommend it. Fortunately, there’s Simply Gum, which is still completely plastic-free, and Glee Gum, which has recently reformulated its gum base to be plastic-free. I am leaving this post up for historical archive purposes (with verbs changed to past tense so Google doesn’t get confused), but I have removed all of the links to Peppersmith except for their explanation of the change, if you want to read about it and respond.
Here’s what I originally wrote in May 2012:
Most chewing gum is made from plastic. Don’t believe me? Read the details in my 2010 post “Chewing on Plastic? Yum.” The few brands that seem not to contain plastic often come packaged in a plastic bottle or plastic blister pack. Thankfully, I’m not much of a gum chewer. But I know plenty of people who are (including the love of my life), so I was super excited to learn about Peppersmith plastic-free natural chewing gum via MyPlasticFreeLife.com reader Dora who was equally excited to tell me about it.
Peppersmith Gum and Mints
Peppersmith made both chewing gum and breath mints that came in a cardboard box without any plastic packaging. In fact, Dan Shrimpton from Peppersmith wrote to me that the packaging was made from 100% Forest Stewardship Certified cardboard and was 100% recyclable.
The chewing gum ingredients were all natural and did not contain plastic or other synthetic chemicals: Xylitol (a natural sweetener from beech trees), chicle gum base (sap from the Sapodilla tree), calcium carbonate (mineral extracted from limestone rock to make the gum softer), gum arabic (from the acacia tree), lemon oil, peppermint oil, rapeseed lecithin (from GMO-free European rapeseed instead of soy), carnauba wax (from the leaves of the Brazilian Wax Palm), vegetable glycerol. All ingredients were suitable for vegans.
And even though Peppersmith gum was made from all natural ingredients, the company was still concerned about preventing chewing gum litter. So they even included some little papers with each box for wrapping up chewed gum for proper disposal. Each little paper had an interesting fact or cute saying.
Sounds Awesome! Where Can I Get It? Not so fast. There is one catch: Right now, the only stores that carry it are in the United Kingdom. So for my U.K. readers, hurray for you guys! For those of us on the other side of the pond, our only option is to order online from Peppersmith and pay for International shipping. That’s a pretty heavy footprint for a pack of gum, no? Do we have any North American entrepreneurs interested in distributing Peppersmith products in the U.S.? Why not contact the company!