As of today, Styrofoam is banned on so many cities and countries. Styrofoam is polystyrene which is plastic, and plastics have a long time to decompose. Because of the careless way of disposing of Styrofoam, hundreds of kilograms of Styrofoam is littered everywhere. Although, the banning of Styrofoam decreased this amount, Styrofoam is still dangerous to the environment because of the chemicals that it may release. 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. B. Statement of the Problem
Will the Glue from Styrofoam be as effective as commercial glue? Will it be inexpensive?
Will it last a long time?
Yes, because melted Styrofoam is very adhesive.
Yes, because most materials used are recycled and most are found at home. Yes, if the Glue is stored properly it can last a long time. D. Significance of the Study
Data gathered from this study will greatly help in the production of homemade glue and recycled glue. Students are the first benefactors of this study. Commercial glue is very expensive and most can’t afford them. Recycling Styrofoam into glue is inexpensive and can help save the environment. The main purpose of this study is to make Glue from Recycled Styrofoam. E. Scope and Limitations
F. Definition of Terms
1. Styrofoam – a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam currently made for thermal insulation and craft applications. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styrofoam
2. Polystyrene – a synthetic aromatic polymer made from the monomer styrene, a liquid petrochemical. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene
3. Glue – a substance used to stick things tightly together