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
Do this in a well-ventilated area.
Step 2: Adding the orange oil
The amount of oil you use will depend on the amount of styrofoam you have, though there is no exact fixed ratio.
(Hint: it doesn't take a lot of oil to melt a lot of styrofoam. In fact, it's surprising how effective just a few drops can be! Experiment first to see what amount of orange oil works for you, and move on from there.)
Step 5: Finished product
Store it in a tightly-sealed glass jar to prevent it from drying.
Step 6: Using your glue
Have fun and experiment on what materials your new glue is most effective on!