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Green Chemistry Can Benefit from Biomimicry Innovation

The Biomimicry Institute learns from, emulates, and conserves life's genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.

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"It seems sensible to wonder how Nature might run a business. Everyday, through a million tiny actions, Nature invests part of its profits back into 'the company.' So if you’ve made a better battery by discovering ideas from an electric eel, you might just see the wisdom of allocating some of that profit towards maintaining the ocean as a hospitable place for electric eels to continue generating brilliant ideas. In so doing, you’ll be aligned with the way the business of life has run successfully on this planet for 3.8 billion years." Biomimicry Institute

The mission of The Biomimicry Institute is to nurture and grow a global community who learns from, emulates, and conserves life's genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.

Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of this innovation inspired by nature.

The core idea is that nature, innovative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth.

This is the real news of biomimicry: After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Like the viceroy butterfly imitating the monarch, we humans are imitating the best and brightest organisms in our habitat. We are learning, for instance, how to grow food like a prairie, build ceramics like an abalone, create color like a peacock, self-medicate like a chimp, compute like a cell, and run a business like a hickory forest.

Practitioners of biomimicry design have one consistent complaint – they lack access to relevant biological information organized by design and engineering function. Innovators working on desalination, for instance, can’t learn about how nature filters—mangrove roots, kidneys, and sea bird salt glands—all in one place. There is no catalogue of nature’s solutions to design and engineering challenges.

The Biomimicry Institute is trying to remedy this by creating a digital library of nature’s solutions organized by function that is both a cross-pollinating tool and a collaboration forum. The Biomimicry Design Portal is a bio-inspiration website where innovators can learn from nature’s solutions, biologists can find a whole new audience for their research, and collaborators can work together to create sustainable, bio-inspired designs.

An early prototype of the portal, available for alpha testing, has been created the Biomimicry Guild and Rocky Mountain Institute. The Biomimicry Institute is interested in keeping this site in the public domain while taking it to the next level.

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