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Gluekra: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) as alternative Glue

Jose Roger M. Barata Jr.

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement
In Research II

Antipolo National High School
Brgy. Sta Cruz, Antipolo City

December, 2012

Mrs. Zenaida Pardilla-Cristobal
Research adviser

ABSTRACT
The study of creating and transforming okra as alternative glue aims to prove that there are other resources from nature that can be derived of in making natural glue/adhesive. It can be valuable to those whose necessities are some materials as well as school supplies in school for making such paperwork. It is beneficial to those who want to be thrifty in buying materials for them to save money since this study can conduct in home as well as its materials and ingredients needed could be found at home. Its mucilaginous properties are used as thickening agent for food particularly in soups. The upper part of the okra pods are commonly remove or cut and thrown prior to cooking. This part of okra pod also contains mucilage which gives its slimy characteristic. This mucilage has a good potential to be alternative glue. (University of Sto. Tomas Department of Medical Technology). The researcher conducted its experimentation by extracting the mucilage of the okra by heating it over the pan and sieves it for its mucilage to be extracted and separated. From that, it will be followed by mixing other ingredients in quantitative measures to give importance of the exact amount of substance to be mixed to extract and to avoid wasting ingredients. The ingredients are particularly the okra mucilage (extract), water, and flour. Through the process of mixing and sieving, its contents will be mix to each other and form a new substance that can be as alternative glue. Based on the experimentations, the researcher made different set up to test where is the best set up that represent the exact amount of substance in a mixture. From that, the researcher analyzes the set up by comparing its outcomes due from experimentation and explains the facts and information with the aid of tables and graphs. The researcher can say that based on findings, okra as alternative glue is effective even though it did not actually match the same appearance and texture since the ordinary glue that we bought from stores are synthetic while in the case of this study, it is a natural glue. They recommended the product to some students to their community to use it for their paperwork in school as well as their projects.

Chapter I
INTRODUCTION
Commonly, as students, there are many obligations that should participate particularly in paper works. For instance, there are paper works that should need some materials to make work easier. One of those materials is glue. Glue can be bought on some stores costs Php 10-12. But for some students, they cannot afford such materials in terms that they lack financial needs. The researcher conducted this study to promote an alternative way and to highlight the potential of other things in making a product. Gluekra: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) as alternative Glue shows up the alternative way on making glue with used of okra. This study focuses on the potential of okra as renewable product that is significant for purposes.

A. Background of the study

Lady’s finger (Abelmoschus esculentus) or “Okra” is commonly known here in the Philippines as a green finger-shape like fruit. It is one of the many plants which contain mucilage. It was proven according to University of Sto. Tomas Department of Medical Technology that it is widely dominated in tropical regions around the world. Its mucilaginous properties are used as thickening agent for food particularly in soups. The upper part of the okra pods are commonly remove or cut and thrown prior to cooking. This part of okra pod also contains mucilage which gives its slimy characteristic. This mucilage has a good potential to be alternative glue. (University of Sto. Tomas Department...
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