What is Biomimicry?

Life on earth has evolved over 3.8 billion years into a model of sustainability. Nature recycles waste efficiently, uses renewable energy from the sun, is resilient to sudden changes, is adaptable over time to new conditions, and self-regulates through feedback loops. What if we could use the operating principles found in nature to rethink how we live as humans? To enable us flourish without damaging the natural ecosystems we depend upon for our survival? That’s what biomimicry – learning from nature – is all about.

The Biomimicry Design Process used in the Natural Entrepreneurs project is based on the Biomimicry Instutute’s Biomimicry Toolbox. It is detailed and a useful reference source to refer back to as you work with the NatEnt platform.

There are lots of good video resources. An excellent start is from Janine Benyus below.

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This next video provides a quick overview of biomimicry and also provides examples at different scales.

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Visit the Biomimicry Institutes YouTube channel for many more inspiring videos and examples of biomimicry inspired design solutions.

An excellent overview can also be found on the Biomimicry Institute website.