Inspired by Nature

Knight, Deborah J.
June 2009
New York State Conservationist;Jun2009, Vol. 63 Issue 6, p30
The article focuses on the creation of new products created based on a process of imitating or taking inspiration from nature's models to solve human problems called biomimicry. The lotus flower has inspired the development of GreenShield™, a fabric finish that creates water- and stain-repellency on textiles. The tiny hooks on the cocklebur has led to the creation of Velcro®. The structural qualities of termite mounds found in the desert have influenced the architectural design of the Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe.


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