1. Introduction & Background of the study
Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam currently made for thermal insulation and craft applications examples of these Styrofoam are disposable coffee cups, coolers, or cushioning material in packaging. Styrofoam is widely used for insulator and packaging. The disposal of these products creates environmental pollution because of their non-degradable nature. Because of this problem, people think a possible way to reduce the disposal of Styrofoam and recycle this product. Styrofoam is abundant and many started to recycle and reuse it. One of the ideas that came into mind was Glue from Styrofoam. Styrofoam when melted has very strong adhesive properties that can rival several commercial glue products. Statement of the Problem
1. What are the alternative uses of Styrofoam?
2. How can we dispose Styrofoam without polluting the environment? 3.
4. Will the Glue from Styrofoam be as effective as commercial glue? 5. Will it last a long time?
Tsutomu Noguchi of the Sony Research Center found that the oil from orange peels would dissolve polystyrene. By using a product called Limoene, that contains .5% of the orange peel oil Noguchi found that the polystyrene would break down into a liquid form that created a very strong glue and can be used to create styrene pellets that go back into the production of more polystyrene. Currently, the Sony Corporation is the only major company to mass recycle polystyrene in this way through a full system that they call The Orange Network System. In 1839, a German apothecary called Eduard Simon discovered polystyrene. Eduard Simon isolated the substance from natural resin, however, he did not know what he had discovered. In 1922, Hermann Staudinger published his theories on polymers, stating that natural rubbers were made up of long repetitive chains of monomers that gave rubber its elasticity. He went on to write that the materials...
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