Since the birth of life on earth more than 3 billion years ago, countless species have thrived spectacularly, interacting in a dynamic balance with the planet. Living species have secured their long-term survival through a process of natural adaptation by trial and error, providing us with the most successful example of sustainability on this planet.
The term Biomimicry first being coined by Janine Benyus in her book “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”, the primary idea of Biomimicry is that nature already has in stock a huge number of answers to the problems of sustainability to which we are confronted.
Echoing with its sister organisation, Biomimicry Europa aisbl, Greenloop defines Biomimicry as :
- an “innovation process encouraging the transfer of ideas, concepts and strategies inspired from the living world, with the objective of designing human applications aiming at a sustainable development”
(extracted from statutes of Biomimicry Europa).
Practising Biomimicry at Greenloop
Biomimicry encompasses a series of crucial yet simple principles that can be ubiquitously found in Nature, consisting of “Life's operating principles”, emerging from the way species have learned to survive and thrive on earth.
Life Operating Principles
Biomimicry is used for the following strategic purposes:
Transition management: translation of life's operating principles in order to create resilient and innovative management tools and strategies.
Sustainable innovation in R&D: our scientific experts perform the classical biomimetic technique to design eco-innovative products, processes and projects. This practice consists in scanning Nature's library to find inspiration from species that developed successful strategies to cope with and take advantage of a given environmental challenge. The method was successfully applied by Greenloop members to initiate and launch CO2SolStock, an FP7 EU funded R&D project on microbio-inspired solutions to store carbon dioxide.