Chicza is a 100% natural chewing gum. It is sustainably harvested from the chicozapote tree in the Mayan Forest. It is an organically certified and biodegradable gum, produced by a consortium of cooperatives under a fair trade scheme.
The tropical forests in Southeast Mexico, along with the forests of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua, are part of the Great Peten – the second largest tropical forest in the American continent after the Amazonian.
In contrast with other regions in the country, where 80% of forests have been destroyed by tree logging, livestock and agricultural activities that were incompatible with the ecosystem, these tropical forests have not only survived, they even have spread and cover currently 3.2 million acres in the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan.
The Consorcio Chiclero is a cooperative formed by more than two hundred chicleros located in 46 forest communities in Southeast Mexico, in the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo. They follow a development model aimed at improving the socioeconomic structure of producers and their social enterprises, and at the rational conservation of the tropical forest.
For years, the consortium has been actively involved in the production and marketing of an organic chewing gum compatible with the sustainable management of chewing gum.