Author and naturalist Jay Harmon explores biomimicry and how nature is inspiring radical innovation. Sharing ideas from his latest book, The Shark’s Paintbrush, at the International Living Future Institute conference, Harmon gives examples of how mimicking nature may provide solutions to the unsustainable actions of the industrial revolution.
A tiny bug that dehydrates to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce provides clues for a way to eliminate the need for refrigeration of vaccinations.
Glass with UV reflection properties similar to a spider web could prevent birds from an untimely demise from flying into buildings.
A film that mimics shark skin offers an antiseptic solution for healthcare environments.
Sharklet Technologies (left) creates nontoxic, chemical-free surfaces that greatly inhibit the survival and transfer of bacteria that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). ARNOLD GLAS has created products like ORNILUX glass (right), which uses inspiration from spiders’ UV reflective strands of silk in their webs to create glass that birds will not fly into.
Mimicking the biological cycle of nature, Shaw Contract Group cradle to cradle certified carpet is designed to be recycled in infinite loops, eliminating the concept of waste. We look forward to applying other lessons from nature in the continued innovation and sustainability of our products.
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