Q: Why is having natural ingredients important when you just chew gum and don’t actually eat it?
It may be surprising to know but the chewy bit that you bin once you’re finished can make up as little as 25% of the piece of gum that you put in your mouth to start with. Meaning up to 75% of a piece of gum is all these other ingredients that you do ‘eat’. So yes it is food and if you’re choosing a gum full of chemicals then you are most definitely eating them.
Q: Is your packaging responsibly sourced?
Yes. Both the pack and the papers are made from FSC certified materials. What’s more all our other printed materials, from our adverts to our business cards, are also made from FSC or 100% recycled materials.
Q: I accidentally swallowed my gum. My colonic irrigation hydrotherapist tells me it’s now going to be stuck in my system for 7 years. Should I be worried?
Your colonic irrigation hydrotherpist is giving you a bum steer. It’s an old wives tale that gum stays in your system for 7 years – it will just work its way out of your system like any other indigestible food. In some very very rare cases gum has been known to hang around and cause a blockage so we’d still recommend not making a habit of swallowing your gum. But if you do accidentally swallow a piece of our gum at least you know you’ve eaten something natural, not a synthetic gum that could also be made into a tyre for your dad’s Honda Civic.
Q: Why is Peppersmith a bit more expensive than other brands?
This is entirely down to the ingredients we use. The better quality the ingredients the more they cost. We do everything we can to keep the price down but we won’t compromise on having the most natural, best tasting gum possible.
Q: Is your gum biodegradable?
Our gum is made from organic materials so the answer is probably yes. But gum is a tough substance and would take a long time to biodegrade. So we’re not making claims about biodegradability in case it gives people the impression that it’s ok to throw our gum on the pavement – which it’s not. We would much rather focus our efforts on encouraging people to bin their gum and avoid risking giving conflicting messages.
Click here for a bit more about our efforts to stop gum becoming litter.
Q: Is your gum better for teeth than other gums?
We’re pleased to say that Peppersmith is so good for your teeth that it’s been accredited by the British Dental Health Foundation. The reason it’s so good is that we only use xylitol to sweeten our gum so it’s better for your teeth than other gums which contain far less or no xylitol at all.
Q: Is your gum suitable for vegetarians / coeliacs / diabetics / nut allergy sufferers?
Our gum is suitable for vegetarians, gluten-free (so suitable for coelicas), sugar-free and low-GI (so better for diabetics than cane sugar gum) and is made in a nut-free environment.
Q: Where can I buy Peppersmith?
In the shops and online.
Q: Is your gum harmful to dogs?
There are lots of foods that are completely safe for people but can potentially be harmful for dogs, including grapes, chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts, garlic, avocadoes and xylitol (which we use in our gum).
Whilst it’s debatable whether it would actually cause your dog any problems our message is definitely; xylitol or no xylitol, it’s best not to feed your dog chewing gum.
If your dog accidentally eats chewing gum and you are concerned about it, we recommend you take him to the vet just in case.
Q: Oh no. I’ve got chewing gum stuck to my trousers / blouse / toupe. What’s the best way of removing it?
It depends on the type of gum and what it’s stuck too. We recommend putting the item in the freezer for a few hours until the gum hardens then try peeling it off. If that doesn’t work click here for a list of different techniques that might work. Oh and we can’t vouch for the WD40 or the peanut butter.
Drop us an email and let us know how you get on.