Novomer carbon dioxide-based plasticsNovomer, LLC
Polycarbonate plastics made from carbon dioxide
Waste recycling and upcyclingWaste Management
Garbage collection turns into garbage processing
Tusks sense chemicalsNarwhal
The tusks of male narwhals may detect chemicals related to ice formation, salinity, or prey using a vast network of fluid-filled tubules connected to the tusk's central nerve.
Scales provide flexible, strong protectionpangolin
Scales of pangolins provide flexibility yet strong protection by overlapping like roof shingles.
Wings allow escape from spider websbutterflies
The wings of butterflies and moths help them escape spider webs and other predators because they have scales that easily detach.
Secretion repels mosquitoesgaur
The skin of the gaur deters landing and feeding by mosquitoes by secreting an oily substance, a novel 18-carbon acid.
Butterfly-inspired solar surfaceResearch Institute of Composite Materials, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Highly efficient solar collector
TX Active cementItalcementi S.p.A.
Cement that breaks down atmospheric pollutants
Cell structures absorb and store pollutantsryegrass
Non-polar regions of cells in Ryegrass remove relatively large quantities of toxic, oily industrial pollutants from the environment by absorbing them through roots and distributing them in cell walls and sequestered vacuoles.
BioHaven floating islandsFloating Island International
Water filtering system mimics marshes
Leaves remove pollutiontree
Tree leaves take in pollutants from the atmosphere and use enzymes to break them down.