From the Biomimicry Institute

A sustainable world already exists.

Humans are clever, but without intending to, we have created massive sustainability problems for future generations. Fortunately, solutions to these global challenges are all around us.

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Biomimicry is the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges to create a life-affirming, sustainable world.


“Biomimicry is like a beacon, directing us to where we need to go in every aspect of human endeavor, from cities to transport, materials to politics, software to hardware.  You name it, everything humans create is optimized when aligned with life’s principles, because life is what we are.”
Paul Hawken, Thought Leader, Author





Geckskin™ was formally revealed to the world in February of 2012, with the publication of an article in the journal Advanced Materials. Crosby, Irschick, doctoral candidate Mike Bartlett, and the rest of the research team had unlocked the simple yet elegant gecko secret for adhesion and created a novel technology that is revolutionizing how we attach objects together.



Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.

Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers advances the great transformation underway in human civilization by serving as a seed head for game-changing social and scientific vision, knowledge and practices that honor the genius of nature and human ingenuity.

We do so through our annual National Bioneers Conference, award-winning media, local conferences and community resilience networks, and leadership training programs focused on youth, women and Indigenous peoples.


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