Where Has Your Gum Traveled?

Probably more places than you think . . .

Chewing Beeswax?

Chewing gum has been around for a long time. It first started as tree resin and beeswax but in 1848, John B. Curtis started selling chewing gum and in 1891 William Wrigley Jr (shown below) knew this was an opportunity and thus started the evolution of chewing gum!

What are the Raw Materials of Chewing Gum?

  • Latex (Natural and/or Synthetic)
  • Sweetener (Sugar, Corn Syrup)
  • Extracted Oils or Artificial Flavoring

How is Wrigley's Gum Made?

  1. The proccess starts off by melting a gum base.
  2. The base is then poured into a mixture and sweeteners and flavors/oils are added.
  3. A large wad of gum is put into a roller. This rolls the gum into thin, wide pieces.
  4. After the rolling, the gum is cut into different shapes and sizes to fit the product being made. (Ex: small gum centers or long gum tape, etc)
  5. The gum is then cooled and either wrapped or coated in a shell type mixture, and then wrapped.
  6. The gum is then packaged according to the type of gum they are making (Gum pellets are wrapped in plastic, gum tape is rolled up and put into a container that snaps shut).
  • Latex is imported from China to the Wrigley Manufacturing Companies (Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Others in Chattanooga, TE, Gainesville, GA, and Yorkville, IL).
  • Sugar is imported from Mexico.
  • Oils used in Spearmint and Doublemint flavors from Washington and Oregon.


Environmental: Demand for gum is so high that natural resources of latex and flavoring is running out so they've started using synthetic resources.

Technological: Companies only use social outlets to promote their business, they don't care about the negative side effects of their product.

Cultural: Chewing gum is a very popular treat, but sugar gum is very bad for your teeth. Chewing gum can also cause jaw muscle imbalance and headaches/earaches/toothaches over time. Teens constantly have gum, it's a world wide trend, but so are cavities.

Economical: Gum is a waste of resources. It doesn't give your body energy like food or nutrients. It doesn't teach you anything. We are using resources to chew something for less than 20 minutes and then spit it out.

Proposal and Why I Chose This Product

If we only eat sugar free gum it could actually benefit us. It can help prevent cavities by producing more saliva which prevents plaque. It improves concentration and memory, reduces heartburn, makes you more awake and helps with stress and anxiety. I eat gum a lot but I will have to be careful to only eat sugar free gum. I chose this product because I was curious about what it was made of and I learned a lot from it.