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Sticky solution to problem aims to help environment

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The eye-level stack of plastic foam to which Sydney Gralike pointed will make a few bottles of EcoGLOo, an adhesive solution that was developed by Sydney and five junior high school friends.

In 2016, the girls announced their invention that could minimize a pressing global environmental problem. Since then, sought a patent for the process and made 3.5-ounce bottles of the product, which they sold at a plastic foam recycling event Jan. 11 at the Sunset Hills Community Center. They described the invention as an idea "that will really stick."

Student-inventor dissolves environmental problem while adhering to Christian ecology values

Sydney Gralike and her friends found a way to dissolve Styrofoam into glue. Gralike, a 13-year-old Parish School of Religion student at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County, and her classmate, Christina Yepez, stirred a batch of degenerating Styrofoam.

Sydney Gralike stirred a gooey substance on a piece of Styrofoam. "It's dissolving a little bit," said her assistant, Christina Yepez.

Sydney, a 13-year-old Parish School of Religion student at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County, is helping to solve one of the world's pressing environmental problems.

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