This little piece of dough that we have been chewing since we were children is not new! Follow us through history to go back to the origins of chewing gum...
Natural chewing gum is thousands of years old!
Prehistoric men and women already chewed the sap of conifers for an antiseptic effect several thousand years ago. Indeed, the oldest trace of chewing gum dates from the Neolithic era: dental imprints have been found on 5000-year-old birch resin in Finland.
And this practice was found all over the planet and among many cultures. Whether in Europe with birch resin, in Egypt or in Greece with the mastic pistachio tree... And in Mexico where the Mayas already used sapodilla tree sap to make chewing gum, exactly like our Bonsai chewing gum !
From sap to plastic, from the United States to France
It was in the United States that modern chewing gum appeared. In 1840, John Curtis was the first to industrially create chewing gum from tree resin.
In the second half of the 19th century, various entrepreneurs tried to market a form of chewing gum, made from sapodilla sap, more or less flavored. The first patent dates from 1869 and the product quickly became a great success and was sold throughout the United States.
However, plastic arrived in chewing gum in the 20th century. For cost reasons, American manufacturers are beginning to replace the natural saps, traditionally used, with an artificial gum base that is cheaper to produce. In order to imitate the elasticity of natural resins, manufacturers add polymers to their new recipe.
In France, chewing gum arrived in the 1920s, just after the First World War, in the suitcases of American troops . But it was only after the Second World War that chewing gum really became popular with the launch of a very popular brand with an evocative American name.
With Bonsai, you don't have to eat plastic anymore!
Today the chewing-gum industry is worth more than a million dollars and the French are the biggest consumers of chewing-gum in Europe, 2nd worldwide behind the Americans. Unfortunately, the other side of the picture lies in the significant pollution of our cities and our oceans because of its many artificial components and its plastic content .
That's why Bonsaï has created a 100% biodegradable and plastic-free natural chewing gum . A very good alternative to all these industrial chewing gums as popular as they are bad for health and the planet.