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The rings are placed over the base, matching the shapes to the base starting from the bottom.

The rings are placed over the base, matching the shapes to the base starting from the bottom.

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Dwight commented on Lily

Dear Koldun Victor,
Yes, the waste production rate is a part of the equation to create a cost effective cup but; there is more than just that. A few more factors to consider are the harvesting, manufacturing, and consumption rate, all of which also affects cost. Here is why the Lily would be much! much! more of a better material than a cardboard cup in just those field.

The Lily Pad surpasses the growth rate and matures much faster than a tree; because it’s a plant. This drives the cost of the cup down. Lily Pads are not a sought after material for any other product, meaning it’s more the price will go down further.

The processing needed to make a finished cardboard cup is far more expensive than the processing a Lily Pad would ever need to get to finished Lily. The Lily Pad is almost there; it just needs a little help. But a tree looks nothing like a cardboard cup so, mustn’t there be more processes to get it to a paper cup? Yes, and processes cost money.

Assuming the consumption rate increases based on the population growth, we can only imagine the price of the Lily will go up because of the economics law (Price = Supply and Demand). People who were uprooting massive piles of Lily Pads and tossing them out just to make beaches at their lakefront houses now have a reason to nurture more of them because value came to the Lily Pad. Now Instead of clearing that lake to make the beach, they would become Lily Pad Farmers because it is now another source of income. This incentive will increase the Lily Pad supply driving the cost down and since they populate much faster than a tree it will keeping their value minimal.

Since we have already decreased the cost of the cup before reaching the waste production stage through the other factors; the Lily cup has already proven to be a more cost-effective replacement of a cardboard cup.

The Lily same as the all other disposable cups would first show signs of degradation before failure. The Lily will not pour out your content on the table or on one’s self or their electronic devices if used correctly. After its expiration, it will begin to decompose having served its usefulness time period. Cups are not programmed with timers; they know not when their usefulness time is expired they just act. Even if the expiration date has not passed but signs of failure are apparent, there is no guarantee that the Lily will be safe and effective. If your Lily has/hasn’t expired or is beginning to show signs of a failure, do not use it somewhere on a picnic.

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Dwight commented on Lily

Dear Ben Smith,
The Lily cup would react the same as if a paper cup would to a tight hand grip. In an exception to the waxy cuticle and veins, a Lily Pads traits are linear to paper; the Lily cup is able to utilize the same strengthening techniques paper cups use.

One way of improving the strength properties of a paper cup is to cover it with an insulated wrap. These overwraps also provide an opportunity for advertisers to target customers and generate additional income for the coffee shop. They also add insulation to the thin paper cups.

Another way of improving the strength properties of a paper cup is to make paper cups with many layers. One multilayer paper-cup version combines a strengthening liner with a decorative, outer layer. In addition to better insulation, this provides an opportunity for advertisers to print on the outside of the cup.

The Lily will not crumble and spill beverages if used correctly. However, after its expiration, it will begin to decompose having served its usefulness time period. Once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the Lily will be safe and effective. If your Lily has expired, do not use it.

Please don't hesitate to ask any further questions or concerns.

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Dwight commented on Lily

Dear Phoenix Gobbee,
The Lily will hold up if used correctly. However, after its expiration, it will begin to decompose having served its usefulness time period. Once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the Lily will be safe and effective. If your Lily has expired, do not use it.

Water lily leaves are particularly adapted for water life, with the primary cells used for photosynthesis on the top surface of the leaf that faces the sun. A waxy layer, or cuticle, coats the top of the leaf so that the plant can "breathe" and to drain off excess water and keep the leaves from sinking. Wax belongs to a large class of organic chemicals that are hydrophobic. This feature will affect most beverages.

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