Gum is considered by some to be plastic and potentially hazardous to human health as well as the environment. Modern chewing gum is non-biodegradable. Often, gum is a litter problem, which seems like a relatively small problem, but in all likelihood the quality of gum these days–it’s stickiness for instance–makes it difficult to remove. Not only that, but most of the patents for non-stick gum, which is in developmental stages, contains dimethyl, diethyl and dibutyl phthalate. These bases have been banned from children’s toys due to the fact they are toxic. Studies have shown that low levels of phthalates dibutyl phthalate and diethylhexyl phthalate causes birth defects in the womb.
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