The Business of Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. From product design to business processes, biomimicry is an increasingly popular and effective technique.

Read on to hear about how business and designers are using biomimicry.

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What If . . . Business Was Bio-inspired?

This week’s Sustainable Brands conference brings together some of the world’s most influential companies, to ask “what if…?” How are ants so efficient?…
Ginger Dosier

2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Winner: Ginger Dosier ‘Grows’ Bricks with Bacteria

The brick is the basic building block of architecture, popular because it is modular, has a simple design and is both easy to…
biomimicry inspires self healing EV battery.

The Car of the Future Will Heal Itself

Biomimicry is behind the development of a self-healing electrode for an EV battery, developed by a research team from Stanford University and SLAC.

SXSWeco Interview: How Sprint is Using Biomimicry in Package Design

Nick Aster interviews Sprint's Darren Beck about how Sprint is using biomimicry to design better packaging for phones.

Biomimicry: Designing Startups with Nature’s Help

What do the syrphid fly, the Shinkansen bullet train and the underwater modem all have in common? They are all examples of biomimicry…

With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt

Building long-term costs into the price of goods, with less regard for short-term quarterly earnings would burn wide swaths in "business as usual."…

Examining How Nature Would Do “Green Chemistry”

The conversation from the Biomimicry 3.8 Global Conference continues, examining how chemistry works in nature, without the artificiality of human interference.
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Biomimicry: Mother Nature as a 3D Printer?

3D printing represents a transformative opportunity for us to redesign our manufacturing and consumption patterns, since a great many of our machine parts…

How Would Nature Create A ‘Generous City’?

At the end of June, over 350 bio-inspired teachers, designers, architects, biologists, industrialists, and policy-makers gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Boston…

Scientist Using Viruses to Improve Batteries, Solar Cells and Biofuels Wins Major Prize

MIT Materials Scientist Angela Belcher has been doing amazing things for a while now. Her work uniquely combines biotechnology and nanotechnology. She has…

Let There Be Light-Emitting Plants

As fantastic as it may sound, an Israeli-American company is actually splicing the DNA from a firefly into a plant, to create plants…

Winning Design in Biomimicry Challenge Inspired by Fish Gills

Last week the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute announced the round-one winners of the Student Design Challenge. The three teams designed a water filter based…
Panelists at SXSW Eco - Organizational Innovation Inspired by Nature. Image: Marni Evans

Mimicking Nature: Organize Like Ants to Move Mountains

Kathy Zarsky - entrepreneur, systems thinker, process mapper, green building leader, Biomimicry Specialist and founder of BiomimicryTX - convened a panel at the…

How to Parlay a Passion for Biomimicry into a Real Job

Why would a former Eagle Scout with a passion for protecting fragile ecosystems go from running his own sustainability consultancy to working for…
Raphael Bemporad speaking at Sustainable Brands 2012

Disrupt and Delight: 5 Principles for Sustainable Brand Innovation

At Sustainable Brands 2012, Raphael Bemporad shared BBMG's challenge to brands: Disrupt and Delight. He gave five brand innovation principles to make the…