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Biomimicry

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The case studies listing the applications of various natural processes and materials included in this site are very interesting and useful. The site also contains printed biomimicry resources and a comprehensive explanation of this vital concept.

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Many key concepts within sustainability come directly from the natural world. Nature uses sunlight as an energy source for all species. All waste is food for other species and there are no persistent or bio-accumulative toxins. Natural systems also respect diversity. If a natural disaster eliminates a particular food source, another food source is available. Nature does not put "all her eggs in one basket" so why should we? The natural world already has 3.8 billion years of design experience. Why not look to nature when designing products, businesses, or communities? That is the premise behind a new movement started by Janine Benyus called Biomimicry. "What Biomimicry allows us to do is to fit in here-to come home." Janine Benyus

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