The movement to be more sustainable and to ‘go green’ has finally become a priority in many areas of the world. It has encouraged thousands of people to reevaluate the choices they are making and the many rippling impacts that those choices have. Many are demanding changes to the economy and industries that they purchase from to help them achieve sustainability goals.

One essential industry that has experienced some of these impacts is agriculture. Environmentally-minded people recognize the imperativeness of food production, but they also see the powerful impacts that an industrialized agricultural community can create. …

by Matt Treacey | Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

As the examples on show us, the natural world is full of wisdom that has led to innovations across countless disciplines. Again and again, we find nature serves as a source of inspiration when solving well-defined design problems.

“Well-defined” is key here. Architects, engineers, and inventors all start the biomimicry design process by first defining the problem they want to solve. Only then can they look to nature to learn how similar problems have been solved before.

But what happens when we struggle to define our area of focus…

by Devin Nieusma | Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

How often do you think about the materials that are in your clothing?

When my team at Conservation X Labs first set out to design a new innovation competition to combat microplastic pollution, I hardly ever gave the materials in my clothing a second thought. But since we first began our dive into understanding the best opportunities to stop microplastics at the source, it is something I think about every day.

My team quickly learned about the largest source of primary microplastic pollution: microfiber shedding from synthetic textiles. Months of…

by Adrian Johansen | Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

Over the last several decades, the harmful impact of humanity on the natural world has become impossible to ignore. Plastic waste is overwhelming our landfills and oceans, and climate change has led to higher global temperatures, widespread drought, and more scary realities. The wasteful habits of humankind are also impacting the very livelihoods of countless global citizens: overpopulation, extreme poverty, and food insecurity are just a few of society’s ills that can be linked to human behavior, both directly and indirectly.

Interestingly, nature is a crucial part of solving these…

by Jessica Berliner | Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

This question arrived in my inbox a few months ago:

“Hi Learn Biomimicry. What is the difference between your course and the Arizona State University MSc?” … “Well… We both teach biomimicry, but at different scales. Ours is a distilled short course. Their course involves an additional 4 years, $30 000 and a Master’s degree qualification. May I ask; what is it that you’re looking for?”

And then the question appeared again. And again. And again. Now, I have a personal rule that if I receive the same question 5…

by Adrian Johansen | Originally published on the Biomimicry Institute

“We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” — Albert Einstein

This quote demonstrates simply and perfectly how much nature has to offer the world in terms of beauty, scientific discoveries, and even healthcare solutions. Biomimicry, or the practice of learning from and mimicking natural processes in solving human design challenges, is the application of these offerings towards addressing real-world problems.

Biomimicry may have the potential to build immunities, cure illnesses, and prevent diseases with the right application. …

by Rebecca Carlson | Originally published on Asking Nature by the Biomimicry Institute

Meet alumni from the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and see how their careers have evolved over the past few years.

Biomimicry has long promised opportunities for hope, because the solutions for our challenges are all around us. In this New Year, many of us have also been anticipating a promise of creating a new ‘normal’, long awaiting the much-needed hugs from loved ones, return to work, travel, health, gatherings with friends and family, and a vaccine, just to name a few. …

by Faye Berry| Originally published on Asking Nature by the Biomimicry Institute

When we walk outside and look down at the ground, we often do not think anything of the soil we stand on. We see it just as a brown, red, or gray home to grass and plants. However, soil is much more than that. During November’s Biomimicry Fireside Chat, special guest Don Smith, a Healthy Soil Advocate from Kiss the Ground, emphasized that “the health of our soil creates our entire environment… everything goes back to the soil.” There is hope and inspiration to be had in working…

by Sophia Stiles | Originally published on Asking Nature by the Biomimicry Institute

“The thing that really surprised me was that it [Earth] projected an air of fragility. And why, I don’t know. I don’t know to this day. I had a feeling it’s tiny, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful, it’s home, and it’s fragile.”
–Michael Collins, Apollo 11


by Faye Berry| Originally published on Asking Nature by the Biomimicry Institute

A Banksia marginata cone opens to release seeds after being burnt by wildfire. Photo by Tim Rudman.

As November rolls on and fall descends in full in North America, nature is hardly beginning to tuck in for the long slumber of winter. In the Eastern United States, lands are battered with hurricanes, and in the West, wildfires rage on. The loss of life from these disasters is heartbreaking, and the impact on people’s lives can be truly gut wrenching. That devastation deserves our immediate attention. But, for the ecosystems affected by these disturbances, a different story can be seen.

These ecosystems are resilient. Their resilience…

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