Building a Circular 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 and keep them out of landfills. This approach to business and manufacturing is called a circular economy, and 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.

Bioinspired Design

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

Working together towards a common goal.

Industries can form cooperatives where one business’ waste is repurposed in the components of the products of another, called Industrial Symbiosis.  To achieve this we must challenge ourselves to question not only how we make products but how industries and people can cooperate to ensure nothing goes to waste. From nature we can gain inspiration for resource efficiency and cooperation, improving both our technology and society. NuLeaf combines these design principles to accelerate our progress towards symbiosis, and to build a collaborative, resilient world without water and food scarcity.