Applied Chemistry, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Jun  2020, Pages 1-7; DOI:

Production of Shoe Polish From Polyethylene Sachet Waste

Applied Chemistry, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Jun  2020, Pages 1-7.


Ojiako Eugenia Nonye 1* , Okafor Izuchukwu Obizoba 1 , Ezigbo Vera Obiageli 1 , Mgboh Vivian Onyinyechi 2

1 Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Nigeria

2 Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Madonna University, Okija, Nigeria

Received: 11 June 2020; Accepted: 9 July 2020; Published: 29 July 2020

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The water sachet waste  in the surroundings  have destroyed the aesthetics of the environment. A laboratory production of shoe polish from water sachets  (Polyethylene waste) was investigated. The sachet waste were pyrolysed at  various temperatures to obtain polyethylene wax  with good  melting point and yield. This was produced between 100 °C-200 °C and used to produce shoe polish. Three different formulations of shoe polish were prepared from polyethylene  wax and the properties were compared with the paraffin wax based control. The density, melting point, physical testing of  shoe polish and viscosity of the polish formulated using different percentages of used polyethylene wax compared favourably with the paraffin wax based control. The effects of temperature and pyrolysis time were significant  in the yield and melting point of polyethylene wax produced. The sachet wax obtained has a melting point of 104 °C while the yield of polyethylene wax was 35.4%. Waste sachets pyrolysed at 100 °C for 45 minutes produced polyethylene wax which was used in the formulation of shoe polish, a way of converting waste to wealth. This gives room for job creation.


Water Sachets Waste, Polyethylene Wax, Pyrolysis, Shoe Polish


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