Individual;s and companies continue to work with oranges and orange by products to find eco-friendly uses that are Natural and environmentally useful.
The purpose of this experiment was to find an eco-friendly solution to the Styrofoam pollution problem. This was done by applying citrus extracts from oranges, lemons, and grapefruits onto several six-inch Styrofoam plates to see if the Styrofoam would disintegrate.
The results showed the hand squeezed orange, lemon and grapefruit oil peels all worked to deteriorate the Styrofoam plate. The homemade solution and juices did not deteriorate the Styrofoam. The Styrofoam, with the orange oil peel extract, deteriorated the most. It had a 1-cm hole by day four. The lemon oil peel extract was the second best. On day four, the largest hole was 0.01 cm. The grapefruit oil peel extracts was the least effective. The largest hole measured 0.0001 cm by day four.
The conclusion is that hand squeezed orange peel oil disintegrate the Styrofoam plate the best. The hypothesis that hand squeezed lemon peel oil would work the best has to be rejected. It was not as strong as the orange peel oil. All the citrus fruit oil peels when tested were able to disintegrate Styrofoam. Only the oil from the peels, not the juice from the inside of the fruit or homemade solution was able to dissolve the Styrofoam. Next experiment, plan to test different variety of citrus fruits to see if they are able to help Styrofoam deteriorate.
The purpose of this experiment was to find an eco-friendly solution to the Styrofoam pollution problem.
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