Discarded polystyrene does not biodegrade for hundreds of years and is resistant to photolysis, thus finding ways to recycle it would be helpful minimizing the damage caused by this material.
By turning styro into a well-functioning glue using a few simple materials and following a few easy steps, you reduce the percentage of expanded polystyrene contributing to the earth's pollution.
Orange oil contains properties that melt polystyrene. By using orange oil and polystyrene to make glue, you can create a more non-toxic adhesive that not only works well and promotes recycling, but also smells great!
What you will need:
1. glass jar with lid (preferably tight-sealing)
2. pure orange oil
3. mixing stick, or any sort of stick that can be used to mix substances (ex. popsicle sticks)
4. styrofoam (preferably old pieces of styrofoam meant to be thrown away)
Step 1: Preparing the styrofoam
Tear or cut your styrofoam into small pieces and place them in a jar.
Do this in a well-ventilated area.