Where Has Your Gum Traveled?
Probably more places than you think . . .
How is Wrigley's Gum Made?
- The proccess starts off by melting a gum base.
- The base is then poured into a mixture and sweeteners and flavors/oils are added.
- A large wad of gum is put into a roller. This rolls the gum into thin, wide pieces.
- 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)
- The gum is then cooled and either wrapped or coated in a shell type mixture, and then wrapped.
- 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.
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.