London Met experts help designer to turn chewing gum waste into recycled products
Entrepreneur worked with the Polymers department at London Met to create Gumdrop.
Date: 22 March 2018
A British designer has worked with the Polymers department at London Met to create Gumdrop; a new way of recycling chewing gum.
Anna Bullus has created bright pink bins to encourage people to dispose of their chewing gum responsibly. The chewing gum is then recycled into material known as Gum-tec, compounds which can be used for applications such as mobile phone covers and coffee cups.
After researching the chemistry of chewing gum and its similarity to plastic, Anna spent three years working with London Met developing the gum-tech material.
Bins have been installed at a variety of places including The University of Winchester, Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Cardiff Council.
Anna has also received financial support from gum manufacturer Wrigley.