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Goody Gumdrops

PUBLISHED: 14:27 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

AN ECO-DESIGNER has joined forces with students to give their discarded chewing gum a new lease of life.

AN ECO-DESIGNER has joined forces with students to give their discarded chewing gum a new lease of life.

Anna Bullus chose Orpington College to trial her innovative new project that turns chewed bubble gum into trendy furniture, via some quirky Gumdrop bins.

The designer, recently hailed Eco-Hero of the week by the Telegraph newspaper, first visited the college last December after a member of staff saw the striking pink gumball bins at the London Design Museum. Samantha Berwick, who works at the college, managed to persuade Anna to carry out the first UK trial with Orpington students, which is now under way.

Ms Berwick said: "The students have really been getting behind it, rallying others to use the bins. Some have even been making suggestions about how the bins could be improved."

After the invention of a new process that turns chewed chewing gum into plastic, the Gumdrop bins, themselves made out of recycled gum, allow members of the public to pop their chewing gum into the hole. When it is full, the whole bin gets taken away and is recycled into more of the pink ball-shaped bins.

Student Aaron Barnstone said: "You can make three new bins out of one recycled Gumdrop bin."

Bromley council officers are embarking on a purge on discarded chewing gum in the town centre. Under an environment law brought in 2005, council officials can issue gum-droppers with a fine of £80, carrying a maximum penalty of £2,500.

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