Every so often an idea comes around that is a game changer. After we hear it and understand it, we never see the world quite the same ever again. Biomimicry is such an idea. It shows us that genius solutions to our challenges already exist - right outside, in nature - tested over eons. When you realize that the simple act of learning from and emulating nature’s time tested genius is so profoundly impactful, it’s one of the most inspiring approaches to our environmental and other challenges you’ll discover.
what is biomimicry?
Biomimicry is the practice of learning from and then emulating life’s genius to solve challenges and create more sustainable designs. It is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Watch these great TED Talks to find out more. Read “A Biomimicry Primer” by Janine Benyus for more.
You may have heard about how the underneath of a gecko's foot is being studied emulated to generate amazingly functional gecko tape that can stick anything from wallpaper, to carpets, to entire (recyclable) cars together. You may have heard how an architect emulated how a termite mound keeps itself cool to design a building in Harare Zimbabwe that needs no air conditioners. There are so many existing examples in biomimicry. You can have a look at some case studies here. You can also read a publication from Terrapin called Tapping Into Nature summarising that status of biomimicry products, processes and systems as of 2015 here.