Tapping into the Circular Bio-Economy
Turning waste into a resource!
One of the biggest issues facing our society is waste. We need to cut down on the amount of waste we produce on a massive scale. One of the key ways we can do this is through finding additional uses for components we once thought of as trash and re-purposing them to extend their utility to keep them out of landfills. This approach to business and manufacturing is called a circular economy. In addition to the positive environmental impact, it is estimated to add as much as 6 trillion dollars to the global economy in the next 15 years.
Looking to nature for solutions!
Bioinspired design is the principle of using nature as inspiration for creative solutions to complex problems. Resources are rarely wasted in nature as ‘waste’ is typically re-purposed into other areas in an ecosystem. This is achieved in part by ecological structures, like food webs and nutrient cycles, that are inherently cooperative and codependent. By taking inspiration from this cooperation in the development of our social and industrial infrastructure, we can find sustainable solutions for fighting waste and scarcity in business and in society at large.
Social Change and Industrial Symbiosis