One of These Things is a Lot Like The Other

Dayna Baumeister Co-founder and Keystone of Biomimicry 3.8

There’s no waste in nature. It seems as though everything has a purpose, even in death. The decaying leaf fortifies the soil of the forest floor. The left-over carcass of a predator’s kill sustains the carrion-eaters that come after. It’s zero waste reality in action. But, nature’s best lessons may be the adaptations and strategies we see in life.  That’s the rationale behind the idea of biomimicry and Dayna Baumeister‘s presentation at the 2014 Zero Waste Conference, September 16th at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

Baumeister is a co-founder of Biomimicry3.8,  a  social  enterprise  that  trains, certifies, and connects biomimicry professionals worldwide. She has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world  for  elegant  and  sustainable  design  solutions,  including Nike,  Interface,  General Mills, Boeing, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble. AT ZWC 2014 she will speak on the topic of re-designing products and systems design from a biomimicry perspective.

Biomimicry3.8 is already fostering creative solutions to some challenging design problems. The 2013/2014 edition of the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge saw more than 100 student teams submit nature-inspired transportation concepts. They tackled a diverse array of issues; from the problem of invasive species in ship’s ballast water, to improved bicycle safety – inspired by whiskers and bioluminescent aquatic organisms.

What can nature teach us in our shift towards zero waste? Find out at the 2014 Zero Waste Conference. Dayna Baumeister will be the featured speaker for Innovation in Design – the first session of the conference, immediately following the keynote address by Jeremy Rifkin.

Did You Know?

velcro fastener


Velcro may be one of the best known examples of biomimicry. When Swiss engineer George de Mestral came home from a hunting trip in the Alps, he took a closer look at the burrs sticking to his clothes and his dog. The burrs’ microscopic hooks sparked an idea for reusable fabric fasteners. Today Velcro is commonplace and de Mestral is a member of the Inventor’s Hall of Fame.



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Additional Resources:

Ask Nature
This curated online library courtesy of Biomimicry3.8 features free information on natural phenomena and bio-inspired applications tailored to meet the needs of the people who invent our world.

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation
Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature—banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird’s beak—for fresh design solutions

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry
When if comes to finding solutions to design problems, sometimes nature already has the answer.

Biomimicry Student Design Challenge
A Canadian team from McGill University had one of the winning ideas in this competition, which included over a hundred innovative entries inspired by nature.

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