The most effective polymer was our 3rd prototype, consisting of gelatin and water.
During the making of the polymer, we realized that it would be very easy to mold and that once it has dried it becomes a grippy surface that can be easily removed from the surface of the handle or cup. Our polymer was oil-free, odorless, and aesthetically pleasing. To test the grip element of our handle, we simply held a cup with the grip as well as without it to observe if the grip had improved. Unlike the gloop and guar gum mixture, the gelatin and water mixture was oil and smell free. We also added food coloring to further enhance the visual aspect of our product. Because our mug handle was made of gelatin and water, it is completely biodegradable and edible! So it would be safe for small children to use. Our first prototype, the gloop. Was not the right one because it would dry unevenly and is not biodegradable at all.
When we were creating our different prototypes I felt that we were working in the wrong direction at first trying to make polymers with nonbiodegradable materials. This left us with very little time to find a good way for us to mold the polymer into the side of our cup. Which meant that when we started presenting our polymer had ripped and thus was not a good example. In terms of our presentation, I feel that The best for You organics company was very effective although our grip had ripped.