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· Volume V Issue IV

Description and Picture of the Product

AluGlue is a natural-based glue that values natural resources and uses them in its manufacturing process to create an alternative to the common glue that is both harmful to adults and children. AluGlue is made from the extract of Basella Alba (Alugbati) and Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra). The extract of both alugbati and okra makes a sticky and slimy texture that can be potentially used as an adhesive. This property allows them to bind materials together effectively, making them suitable option for use as an adhesive in products like AluGlue. With AluGlue, the researchers can make environmentally friendly alternatives, providing a safer option for bonding applications.

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I. Brief Background of the Study

In today's world, the search for sustainable alternatives to traditional goods is crucial due to environmental concerns. Natural materials like basella alba (alugbati) and abelmoschus esculentus (okra) are being explored as alternatives to synthetic glues, which often contain hazardous chemicals. Synthetic glues, such as toluene, can cause damage to various organs, including the heart, nervous system, liver, and kidneys. The most common cause of death due to sniffing glue is heart failure, as the chemicals in the substance can sensitize the heart to adrenaline (DerSarkissian, 2024).

According to a Philippine Department of Agriculture Resource, alugbati is a succulent vine with green or purplish stems, grows in settled areas, hedges, and old cultivated land. It needs full sun, moisture, and constant pruning to prevent overgrowth. Malabar spinach (alugbati), a minor vegetable grown throughout the tropics, is used in various dishes due to its sticky mucilage on its leaves. This harmless mucilage does not cause discomfort or digestive issues when consumed (Alli, 2019).

Okra, another plant with mucilage, has been found to be suitable for industrial and medicinal applications. Its mucilage can be extracted through boiling, separating, and filtration processes, releasing its slimy characteristics, which can be used to make glue. This process allows individuals to save money on other material purposes, such as using okra mucilage as a substitute for glue (Trilles et al., 2024).


II. Brief Description of the Methods

This study was experimental and used a quantitative research method to collect data and conduct a methodical analysis of the findings. Quantitative research can be constructed as a research strategy that emphasizes quantification in the collection and analysis of data and by contrast. Quantitative approaches are used in the practices for testing or verifying theories or explanations, identifying variables to study, evaluating variables in questions or hypotheses, using standards of validity and reliability, observing and measuring information numerically, using unbiased approaches, and employing statistical procedures (Bryman and Bell 2007). A scientific method called experimental research uses manipulating variables to show a cause-and-effect connection. An experimental design that alternates between subjects was used in this study. The experimental group in the study employed an extract from basella alba and abelmoschus esculentus as adhesive, whereas the control group used a commercial glue that was more traditional. To evaluate the efficacy of the basella alba and abelmoschus esculentus extract as an adhesive, the researchers compared the two forms of glue's bonding strength and endurance. A quantitative survey approach was used to collect the primary data obtained directly from the AluGlue product's intended market.


III. Brief Description of the Methods in AluGlue’s Production

Begin with at least three (3) alugbati and three (3) okra. Prepare a steamer and put the alugbati and okra inside. Steam them for around 15 minutes. The researchers discovered this steaming approach is very effective since it produces more extract than other procedures. After steaming, put the softened vegetables into a blender. Blend them completely until you get a smooth, consistent mixture. After blending, drain the mixture through a cheesecloth. Carefully pour the blended vegetables into the cheesecloth and begin squeezing and pressing to obtain the liquid. Finally, gather the extracted liquid and place it in a proper container.


IV. Scope of the Study

This study will explore the possibility of using a natural substance extracted from basella alba (alugbati) and abelmoschus esculentus (okra) extract, called alugbati mucilage and okra mucilage, as a glue for certain applications. The strength of the basella alba (alugbati) and abelmoschus esculentus (okra) mucilage adhesive will be compared to a commercially available glue, using common household materials like paper, cardboard, and wood. This study will focus on the adhesive strength of basella alba (alugbati) and abelmoschus esculentus (okra) mucilage compared to common glue, using materials like paper and cardboard.

The researchers will investigate how well it adheres to materials such as wood and paper, contrasting its strength, longevity, and environmental sustainability with conventional adhesives. The effectiveness will be optimized by analyzing factors such as adhesive substance, surroundings, and preparation techniques.