Custodians everywhere, rejoice.
One professor's formula might help clean up the streets, public spaces and classrooms — and stop that "seven years in the gut" urban legend.
Food and nutritional science professor Elke Arendt at Ireland's University College Cork recently patented her groundbreaking formula for non-sticky biodegradable chewing gum.
Now that the patent is ready for commercialization, clean-up crews and local authorities are expected to support the less-sticky (and environmentally friendlier) version of the often-cemented candy on sidewalks and park benches.
"You could just sweep it off the ground — it doesn't stick at all," Arendt claims.
Arendt developed the formula after researching gluten-free cereal products which looked at wheat-replacement proteins. Her new gum patent uses those cereal proteins as the main ingredients, rather than the hard-to-break-down synthetic rubber found in most gums today.
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