Friday, September 22, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023

Chewing gum? Before you proceed, think about the influence on the environment

Are you aware that improper chewing gum disposal poses a serious risk to the environment?

What is the first thing you think of when you are bored? Is it “I want to chew the gum” or is it another phrase? The reason the majority of you may prefer the gum is that it is enjoyable and you can play around with it by blowing as well.

What happens then that you have finished it? Obviously, you will chuck it despite the fact that no matter how much you chew, it never stops. However, did you know that improper chewing gum disposal poses a major risk to the environment?

The widespread use of chewing gum

Since chewing gum is a soft non-food item, it is generally advised not to swallow it. You keep chewing, but there is no relief.

These days, these gums come in a huge variety of flavors, vivid colors, and shapes. The endearing characters and captivating advertisements are increasing the popularity of these gums.

And if you go back in time, people in ancient Greece chewed gum derived from the peeled bark of mastic trees. Then, it was the turn of the Mayans and Aztecs to emphasize the benefits of these gums. Chicle, a naturally occurring tree gum, was employed. Native Americans enjoyed chewing on the resin of spruce trees.

Chewing gums as we know them today appear to have evolved in the 1860s. It was a very well-liked activity for a very long period. Even today, people still chew gum for amusement, just to masticate, and to freshen their breath.

It is progressively becoming incorporated into modern culture, just like in earlier times. Gum chewing has some benefits in addition to being amusing. It is said to reduce anxiety, fight fatigue, alleviate despondency, and help you get rid of nausea.

The necessity of accountability

Chewing gum can harm other living things in the environment if it is tossed carelessly, though.We merely discard the remaining plastic. All there is to it is that. And at this point, we need to pause briefly and think. Am I getting rid of it properly? Chewing gum is the second most common kind of litter, right behind cigarettes.

It is thrown away and adhered to surfaces like walls, tables, railings, and other surfaces like pavement. Gum chewing is commonplace.

In the end, plastic makes up the majority of chewing gum. In contrast to other types of plastic garbage, it cannot be composted or biodegraded. It is not good for the soil or the wildlife. Its improper disposal results in serious environmental problems.

One is the harm done to birds. Due to their stickiness, bird feathers get tangled in the gum. They believe it to be bread crumbs and eat it, choking, getting stuck in their digestive tracts, and dying suddenly.

Even a human’s digestive system has trouble breaking down these substances. It has an effect that is unmatched. The water system finally receives everything, too. These expelled gums are also seen in the stomachs of aquatic species.

It’s possible that we don’t experience harm to ourselves. But we also need to consider the impact on the ecosystem and the fauna. Since we are supposedly civilized creatures, it is time to prove how intelligent and sophisticated we are.

After chewing the gum, let’s wrap it in paper and throw it away. We can also advertise biodegradable gum.

Nobody else will be taking care of our planet and all of its inhabitants if not us. We must accept responsibility for our deeds. Even though it is extremely little, it has a significant impact. Let’s work together and support other living beings around the world.

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