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Alternative Way of Producing Shoe Polish

An Investigative Study

Individual Student Category

S.Y. 2012 – 2013

By

Kim Reginald C. Portosa

LIST OF TABLES

Abstract……………………………………………………………………….…2

Introduction………………………………………………………………….…4

Scope and Limitation…………………………………..………………...….4

Review of Related Literatures………………….……….……………...5

Petroleum………………………………………………….….…………..5

Kerosene…………………………………………………….…..………...5

Wax…………………………………………………………….……….…..6

Chemical Reaction……………………………………………………..7

Charcoal………………………………………………….………………..8

Methodology…………………………………………………..………………..9

Materials………………………………………………………………….9

Procedures………………………………………………………………10

Results and Discussions…………………………………………………..10

Tables……………………………………………………………………..12

Pictures……….…………………………………………………………………16

Introduction:

The birth of the new millennium ushers in a multitude of problems which have great impacts on the environment, particularly the human race. Problems such as illegal logging, massive pollution, acid rain, global warming, ozone layer, depletion, and like the boil into the need for a common solution which is proper and effective waste management.

John Randolph disclosed that the problem of waste management and disposal becomes increasingly pressing as human population, industrial activity, and material consumption expand. As an answer to this call, the researchers sought a solution to this exigency. They came up with an investigatory project on recycling materials into reusable products instead of disposing as garbage which is contributory to the expansive ecological problems.

It is because of the above contentions that the researchers came up with the making of the shoe polish which recycles candle drippings, plastic bags, Styrofoam, burned woods and empty cans. This investigatory project is aimed at revealing the affectivity of charcoal mix in the production of shoe polish. Specifically it seeks to determine the degree of color, luster, texture, water, repellency and resemblance of the commercially made by shoe polish.

Shoe polish is needed especially by the students and most office personnel at present. They need to make themselves presentable and neat looking by using well polished shoes. But with our economy standard at present wherein everything is expensive so buying commercial shoe polish is great help in minimizing too many expenses.

Scope and Limitation:

THE RESEARCHER LIMITS THEIR RESEARCH ON MAKING SHOE POLISH MAKING USE OF CHARCOAL AS A BLACK MIXTURE.

Abstract

The main aim of this research was to find for a substitute for shoe polish using powdered charcoal as black mix. This was determined by the researchers of I- STOC, S.Y. 2012- 2013, VNHS.

The experimental type of research using questionnaire checklist as the main data gathering tool was utilized in this investigatory project. The interview method was also applied to complement the data gathered. To gather data, three leather shoes were presented namely shoe X, Y, and Z. Each shoe was applied with a different brand of shoe polish including the homemade shoe polish with the same number of coats, and the same number of strokes of polishing. Shoe X was applied by Kiwi shoe polish, shoe Y was applied with the homemade shoe polish, and shoe Z was with Kleen shoe polish. Fifteen respondents were asked to answer the questionnaire regarding the color, the luster, the texture, and the ability of repelling water. The identity of each brand of shoe polish was not revealed to the respondents to avoid biased responses.

The procedures were adapted in the production of floor wax. Candle drippings were melted with a drop of coconut oil. Plastic bags and polystyrene were melted with kerosene and mixed with the melted candle drippings while heating at low fire. Afterwards the charcoal powder was added in the mixture while continuously stirring. The...
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