COCONUT (Cocos Nucifera) HUSK, DURIAN (Durio zibethinus) HUSK AND CORN (Zea Mays) COB AS AN ALTERNATIVE SHOE POLISH

Topics: Maize, Tropical agriculture, Poaceae Pages: 5 (1222 words) Published: September 9, 2014
SCIENCE INVESTIGATORY PROJECT
PROPONENTS
Gultiano, Jessa Grace
Maglupay, Carl Dizon
Osita, Zyrah Glae
Salvani, Prince Randy Jones
Santos, Mary Albeona Kit
COCONUT (Cocos Nucifera) HUSK, DURIAN (Durio zibethinus) HUSK AND CORN (Zea Mays) COB AS AN ALTERNATIVE SHOE POLISH

CHAPTER 1
(BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY)
In this modern world considered as the era of comforts, we also face poverty and scarcity of resources because of over population. So, people today are searching for some easier and better ways to save money through substituting commercialized products with improvised and homemade products, economizing, etc. In short people today are just being practical on what they will buy or what they will do to meet their needs.

The coconut is the fruit of the most economically important member of the great palm family, Palmae. The genus Cocos are Southeast Asians and contain only one species, Cocos Nucifera.
Cultivated in tropical lowlands, almost always near the sea, the coconut has long been distributed throughout Southeast Asia and along the Tropical African and American coasts. The coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts. For centuries, the coconut pal has supplied the people of the Pacific Islands with food, drink, shelter, and most of their needs.

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio. There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: other species are sold in their local regions.

Regarded by many people in Southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odor, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimeters (12 in) long and 15 centimeters (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb.). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the color of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species. Corn (Zea mays) has been grown in the northeast for generations, and is a demanding crop but one that is highly-valued for its use. Corn, Zea mays, is an annual grass in the family Poaceae and is a staple food crop grown all over the world. Corn is the second most important crop in the Philippines. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple and yellow corn accounts for about 50% of livestock mixed feeds. Some 600,000 farm households depend on corn as a major source of livelihood, in addition to transport services, traders, processors and agricultural input suppliers who directly benefit from corn production, processing, marketing and distribution. Shoe shining is the process of applying an external substance to the surface of a shoe to improve the materials and make it shinier. Shoe shining has been a part of shoe care for hundreds of years. Adding a shine to a shoe brings polish to an outfit. Shoe polish products are low-value items are frequently purchased as a single but might last for several days. The researchers wanted to produce shoe polish out of the coconut husks, durian husks and corn cobs because we found another use for them. This leads to conduct an experiment using the ashes of coconut husk, durian husks and corn cobs for shoe polish. If these products would be successful, it can help in recycling coconut husks, durian husks and corn cobs and can lessen them to avoid them scattering all over our community.

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

This study aims to make an effective shoe polish out of ashes from burned coconut husks, durian skins, and corn cobs.
Specifically, the study would like to answer the following:

* What are the components that are present in the ashes?
* How effective is the shoe polish in terms of:
- Shine that it could give
- Life Span
- Color of Polish compared to other brands
* What is the difference between the...
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