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.
CHOOSE YOUR BIOMIMICRY PATH
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.
LEARN FROM NATURE
We offer many resources and tools to learn from nature and discover biological inspiration.
Choose a path that speaks to you, and open your creative mind to the endless possibilities nature has to offer.
Explore nature’s solutions and the ideas they’ve inspired with this powerful, free online tool.
The toolbox provides an orientation to biomimicry and introduces tools and core concepts.
Browse solutions from our programs and challenges, all inspired by nature’s mastery.
Learning about biomimicry is a great place to start, but teaching is the best way to spread your knowledge.
Choose a pathway for teaching biomimicry below, and be inspired by what ideas you and those you educate will create!
Youth Design Challenge
Teach STEM in a new way with a biomimicry challenge tailored for 6–12th-grade learners.
K-5 Biomimicry Education
Receive professional learning for bringing biomimicry into your K-5 curriculum.
Resources for Educators
Materials for educators to share biomimicry with the next generation of change-makers.
Welcome innovators and changemakers!
Whether you’re looking for startup support or inspiration, choose a route and see where your journey takes you.
For scientists and researchers seeking guidance in solving systemic environmental problems.
Ray of Hope Prize
Adopt a new standard for industrial symbiosis: designing for decomposition across industry.
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 Finding Success in Deep Tech
3 Ray of Hope Prize Alumni Win Big at the Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Global Summit.
Why Startups with the Right Sustainability Data are Poised to Thrive
Navigating the landscape of sustainable reporting frameworks is not easy or affordable for most startups. Instead, they need to focus on being lean and flexible to survive the early stages while striving for an ambitious impact-focused mission. However, some recent news from the White House and UN make us believe that startups that are prepared with the right sustainability data will thrive with a unique value proposition.
Not the “Zombie Fungus” from The Last of Us, But Disruptive Just the Same
With the hit HBO series The Last of Us, we wanted to take some time to talk about Fungi. While the zombie causing fungus makes for must watch TV, we have another type of fungi we are watching. Let’s dive into the fantastical world of fungi.
A Startup Support Program Focused on Founders and Their Connection to Nature
The Biomimicry Institute helps startup founders challenge themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally by taking them to camp (literally). Read about how this approach helps to unlock creativity, tap into next-level networking connections, and expand opportunities for business that would have otherwise been missed.
FEATURED BIOMIMICRY RESOURCE
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.
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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 AskNature.org and across our entire organization.