Recycling styrofoam into glue

Sindhu Bala, Christina Yepez, Missouri, USA 16-18

Our project tackles the problem of styrofoam disposal. Because styrofoam is so difficult and environmentally harmful to dispose of, we took a different approach: turning it into a viable product. We found that dissolving styrofoam in D-Limonene, a chemical extract from orange peels, created an adhesive. We decided to test this adhesive’s properties, adding water and various emulsifiers so it could be used as a craft glue.

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