Science Investigatory Project

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INTEGRATED MONTESSORI CENTER
HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
SY 2012 – 2013

“TEA BAGS AND TEA LEAVES AS RECYCLED PAPER”
SCIENCE INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT

SUBMITTED BY:
SACHI GO
IRISH PROVIDAL
KEVIN MATSUYAMA
KRISTINA LIBRES
KRIESHA MARZAN

SUBMITTED TO:
SIR JOREM YAP

APPROVAL SHEET

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Our group would like to give our sincere thanks to the support of our families throughout the making of this project. We would also like to thank the Lord for guiding us in our decision making and through the process of experimentation. Our group would also like to give gratitude to Sir Jorem Yap for approving our concept so that we may further investigate on the possibility of its success. Furthermore, we acknowledge each other’s contributions into completing this write-up as well as the test itself.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of our experiment is to figure out whether tea bags and their content can suffice as usable recycled paper. Since paper is biodegradable, our group figured that its components may come from any fibrous substance that is naturally made or contains the same composition. To create the paper, we shredded the tea bags and used the tea leaves inside to combine with a mixture of corn starch and warm water. Our mixture was put onto a wire screen mold to retain shape and finish its texture. After 24 hours of the substance laid out to dry, our final product was formed. We found that the paper created from our substance was in fact a form of paper because of the ingredients it was composed of, although it didn’t have the same effectiveness of normal paper for writing it was formed for a brief period of time. Its longevity was short due to its brittle nature making it easily breakable. This led to our conclusion that tea bags and tea leaves as recycled paper is effective but only for decorative use.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Introduction
-Background of the Study
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