There might be a different way of doing things. That’s all that biomimicry really is. It’s just recognizing that what we do may not be sustainable, and there’s a whole textbook of ideas that have been evolving for billions of years.
If there was a wise, practical, and sustainable entity out there that could provide smart and inspiring solutions to our complex lives in the build world, what or who would it be?
Nature has essentially been practicing design throughout billions of years, with millions of “design projects” under its belt. We as a human species have only begun to recognize nature’s brilliance in recent years. In this podcast, Jamie shares what he knows about nature-inspired innovation, biomimicry, and how it could help us create resilient and more sustainable environments in a city.
Jamie Miller is an award-winning designer and founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He has been trained by Janine Benyus (the author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”) and has been building biomimicry in Ontario through his consulting, lectures, and workshops since 2007. Jamie taught Canada’s only biomimicry program at OCAD University, during which he earned a PhD degree in engineering that focused on applying systems-level biomimicry to urban infrastructure resilience. His mission is to draw on biomimicry, biophilia, and ecological engineering to “make it better, naturally.”
For a transcribed version of this interview, click here.
In this special episode, Toronto-based Art Director and Zero Waster Magali Lafleur shares a bit of everything from urban frustrations, feminine hygiene, zero waste confessions, to tips on leading a cleaner lifestyle in a congested planet. If you’ve ever considered living your life with less trash, give this a listen!
About Magali: Two years ago, Magali started her journey to reduce trash in her lifestyle and learned how to be more environmentally wise by a simple Google search. It was a lifestyle change that she became increasingly more passionate about. You can read about her lifestyle of living zero waste on her Instagram blog @findyouralternative.
3 Easy steps we’ve picked for living cleaner lifestyles from this episode are:
bring your own container when purchasing meals
get to know your lifestyle and decision-making process so you can anticipate what you’ll need in your day
invest in quality products so you won’t have to buy as much in the long run!
Questions and comments are welcome at email@example.com—see ya on the next one!
A note reflecting on last week’s trash cleanup at Trinity Bellwoods:
Small pieces of litter (cigarette butts, bottle caps, broken glass) in big parks might feel like nothing to the everyday person, but we often forget that there are many smaller living things that use these park spaces too.
A dog or squirrel would feel much more affected by our park litter than us, simply because they are smaller and have a closer relationship to the ground.
Let’s be more empathetic to our smaller friends, and keep our parks healthy!
Watching tea leaves uncurl in hot water isn’t particularly interesting. The progress takes on its own pace, and there’s no real outcome in waiting.
Likewise, waiting for culture to change takes a long time. The one thing that speeds up the process are trends, and trends come in waves which speeds up the uncurling, expanding, and brewing process. And, they don’t last for a long time.
We need lots of tea and hot water to help the culture of environmental sustainability uncurl and become stained into our lifestyles.
Melani is a Cosmetic Chemist, and is the Founder of MC2 Industries. In Part 2, we talk cannabis and adaptogens: How does hemp oil benefit our skin, and how can our skin be able to defend against environmental pollutants in our everyday air? Melani Chong’s MC2 blog reveals a peek into what’s to come in the future of beauty and cosmetics.
Part 3: MC2 Beauty, dives deeper into Melani’s formulation process and it comes out tomorrow. See you soon!
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Melani Chong is a cosmetic chemist, and she works with the formulation and development of many beauty products in the market today.
In Part 1, Melani shares current sustainable action being done within the beauty industry, from using food biomass in our products, to having more tech-driven processes like AI (artificial intelligence) to encourage more efficiency in product manufacturing and processing.
Up next in part 2, cannabis and adaptogens. Tune in again tomorrow.
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Our current mandate in sustainability is about change—massive, incremental change. It’s not something we can accomplish by sitting behind a computer screen. Rather, it’s something that happens step by step in the physical world.
We can try to change the world behind our screens, but the digital world is so full of loud and flashy noise, it’ll take us ages to swim through the clutter.
What are you doing to create incremental change in your life?