Glee Gum

Glee Gum is delicious chewing gum made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Change what you chew! Glee could be the natural choice for YOU.

glee gum logoAh, chewing gum—a simple pleasure that harkens back to childhood. This sweet treat comes in extra handy on long flights, after garlicky meals, and before hot dates. But most gum contains loads of artificial ingredients. Who needs all that junk?

Enter Glee Gum, the natural choice to chew. Glee gets its great texture from chicle, a rainforest tree sap. Company founder Deborah Schimberg first heard of chicle back in 1992, when she and her family traveled to Northern Guatemala. She learned that all chewing gum was once made from this sticky stuff—until man-made materials became the norm.

Seeing how the sustainable harvest of chicle protects trees and provides an ongoing source of income for forest dwellers, Deborah returned home to Rhode Island feeling inspired. She developed Glee Gum as a way to revive chicle’s use in gum production and to help conserve the rainforest. Today, Glee Gum continues to be made with pride by Deborah’s company Verve, Inc., an independent, certified woman-owned business dedicated to linking world communities and creating environmentally and socially responsible products.

To that end, six of Glee Gum’s classic flavors are Fairtrade certified: peppermint, cinnamon, bubblegum, tangerine, mixed berry, and spearmint. So are two of Glee Gum’s educational activity kits: Make Your Own Gummies and Chocolate Kits. The FAIRTRADE Mark guarantees that the cane sugar sweetening Classic Glee Gum and the Gummies Kit, as well as the cocoa powder and cocoa butter in the Chocolate Kit, meet the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International. 

Chewing gum should be fun—and if it’s a sustainable and ethical gum, it offers that much more to chew on. So go ahead and pop a piece. Here’s hoping it fills you with Glee!