Making Shoes From Chewed Gum


A Dutch company is fighting environmental pollution by using chewing gum thrown on the streets in a very interesting method in Amsterdam.

In the Netherlands, around 1,5 million kilograms of gum pollute the streets every year and it costs millions of dollars to clean them.

Gum-tec, a subsidiary of the company named Gumpdrop, started a very creative work in order to collect the waste gum, which is the biggest problem of Amsterdam after cigarette butts, and turn it into a useful result, and launched the shoes called Gumshoe (Gum Shoes).

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The sole of this shoe, named Gumshoe, is made of recyclable compounds produced by Gumdrop and composed of 20% gum.

Gumdrop "We discovered that the gum is made of synthetic rubber," said Anna Bullus, designer and managing director of the company. By using this property of the gum, we have obtained a new kind of rubber.” said.

As part of the project, chewing gum used in the production of shoes and recycled is collected from the streets of Amsterdam. About 1 kg of gum is used for every four pairs of shoes produced..

Gumshoe, which is the world's first shoe made of gum, is made of leather, except for the sole. In addition, the sole of the shoe can be changed for a certain fee if needed. The old shoe sole, which has become unusable, is again to recycling is gained.

The shoe, which is planned to be put on sale in June this year, has a selling price of 190 Euros. of Gumshoe, bubblegum pink, black and red There are three different color options.

Gumdrop's products made from recycled gum are not limited to shoes. Gum-tec offers unlimited potential because chewing gum is made from rubber, the raw material of many things. Among the company's products, in order to prevent the chewing gum from being thrown on the ground Key chain gum collection boxes placed on the streets and combs, boots, door mats, pens, forks, storage containers, frisbee made from recycled gum products as well.

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Gumshoe, using the developing technology, turns the harmful into useful and recycle A successful example showing that there are no limits to creativity in The project partners aim to expand this project to other big cities, thus raising awareness that waste should be disposed of in the right place, and at the same time increasing recycling awareness.

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