Biomimicry and the Circular Economy

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From the 2013-2014 Annual Report of the Biomimicry Institute:

"When Biomimicry Institute co-founder Janine Benyus presented at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Conference in 2013, it became clear to both organizations that biomimicry and the circular economy are frameworks for sustainability that must work hand-in-hand. The concept of a circular economy emulates the cycles found in living systems. Both are powerful ideas that prompt new ways of thinking and propose a radically different relationship with our world. As such, the Institute and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have begun collaborating to further integrate our efforts to build a regenerative world.

The launch of the Foundation’s online Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) in Fall 2014 served as a catalyst to place biomimicry prominently into conversations about the circular economy.

The biomimicry theme was integrated into the DIF through webinars, workshops, and roundtables hosted by Institute staff and network members. The Institute also played a lead role in defining a biomimicry design challenge which culminated with a public vote for the best entry during the DIF." (