Humanity’s Biggest Challenges.
Nature’s Proven Solutions.

We are the bridge between biology and design, advancing the adoption of nature-inspired strategies to help solve the most pressing problems of our time.


Whether you are a student, parent, educator, entrepreneur, or a concerned citizen, you have found your place in advancing regenerative solutions. You can begin your journey by following one of the pathways below to connect with nature and bring biomimicry into your life.

Explore nature’s strategies and learn how to apply them to problems.

Spread nature’s wisdom through professional learning opportunities.

Change culture and business by bringing solutions to market.

The Latest from our Programs

GreenPod Labs Named 2022 Ray of Hope Prize Recipient

This India-based agricultural biotechnology startup is focused on tackling the food loss problems in developing countries. 

By learning how fruits and vegetables naturally resist pest and fungal pathogens, GreenPod Labs showcases how learning from nature can solve both climate and societal problems.

From a Meme to a Movement: 25 Years of Biomimicry

Listen to a conversation with Janine Benyus and Lex Amore as we celebrate 25 years since the seminal book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature was published. We looked at Nature as Model, Nature as Measure, and Nature as Mentor, hearing stories from Janine as a cultural commentator of the field and witnessing the last 25 years of biomimicry evolution.

Meet the Newest Young Innovators in Biomimicry

From urban flooding and stormwater management to increasing access to clean drinking water in drought-prone areas, the Biomimicry Institute’s 2021-22 Youth Design Challenge (YDC) winners have offered unique, nature-inspired ideas to solve local design challenges.

A 101 Guide for Your Community

The best way to make global change happen is to start with a local approach. This introductory guide will help you bring biomimicry into your community so you can feel empowered to spread hope and action through nature-inspired thinking.

The Nature of Fashion: Design for Decomposition

Watch a short video on designing for decomposition and how an ambitious initiative is aiming to avert some of the worst effects of the global fashion industry that produces 100 billion garments each year for a population of 7.5 billion.

30 Days of Reconnection

Through these activities, we hope to give you a greater sense of our biomimicry ethos and to learn how to tap into nature’s wisdom. How does nature create resiliency? How does nature communicate? How does nature embed sustainability in all of its systems?

Biomimicry and Philosophy

The biomimicry movement is highly practical in orientation. And yet, underlying and motivating the practices of biomimicry, there lies a distinctive philosophy–a profound way of understanding and relating to nature that challenges many of the core assumptions of contemporary thought. In this blog post, Dr. Henry Dicks discusses the relationship between biomimicry and philosophy.

5 Nature-Inspired Ways to Do Good This Giving Tuesday

The countdown to the biggest celebration of generosity has begun. On Tuesday, November 29, communities worldwide are joining together to support a cause, issue area, culture, or identity. Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to do good, and this simple idea kickstarts the holiday season with a tone of selfless kindness.

A Ray of Hope: Top Biomimicry Startups Making an Impact

“From nature’s blueprints, these companies are commercializing what our world so urgently needs—products that solve problems without creating new ones… ” Learn more about this year’s Ray of Hope Prize® First Place Recipient GreenPod Labs, an India-based agricultural biotechnology startup focused on tackling food loss problems in developing countries, and Second Place Runner-Up Fusion Bionic, a company that has engineered a nature-inspired solution for surface textures to eliminate the need for harmful chemicals.

Looking Within: Design Inspired by Teeth and Bones

It’s easy to focus on the salient features of any living being: the color of a bird’s plumage, an elephant’s immensity, the musculature of the human leg. However, when you look deeper, the incredible durability and structure of bones is an engineering marvel. It turns out bones and teeth are capable of inspiring innovation in a variety of fields, including aeronautics, architecture, and automotive engineering.


The Nature of Fashion

What would the fashion industry look like if it functioned as an ecosystem? By realigning ourselves with what occurs in nature, we can design a next-generation textile production model that recognizes its connections to the biosphere. This report explores the material flows that underpin natural systems and shows that the first thing we must learn from nature is how to design for decomposition. It also shows how the fashion industry, relying on advances in regenerative agriculture, cellulosic fibers, fermentation, and gasification, can work with existing technology and nature to jump-start the transition to bio-compatible fibers right now. Read the report and take the next steps to transform the system.

The Biomimicry Institute is looking at how nature decomposes to tackle our massive fashion waste problem. 

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Support the Next Generation
of Nature-Inspired Innovators

Imagine a world where everything we make is inspired by the natural world. By supporting the Biomimicry Institute you:

  • Help bring biomimicry education to more students and educators
  • Accelerate the growth of more nature-inspired startups and entrepreneurs
  • Increase the number of biological strategies and resources on and across our entire organization.

The next big idea in sustainability is probably a million years old. Join the Biomimicry Institute to discover nature’s wisdom.

'How was it grown' is an expression of a Turing test for design gone right.

Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab architect

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