This animated video series features innovative biomimicry startups and the organisms that inspired their technologies.

Explore how is shaping sustainable design and innovation in a variety of fields in these bite-sized case studies.  All of the featured startups were selected as finalists in the Biomimicry Institute’s 2020  Ray of Hope Prize®.

In the classroom, these videos could be used to introduce students to the topic of biomimicry and the applications of science in emerging technologies. Students could also be assigned a case study to watch and research, then report back to the class and discuss.

How marine habitats are informing new concrete designs

ECOncrete offers products that facilitate the growth and regeneration of local marine species and strengthen structures over time through a process known as bioprotection. Inspired by beach rock formations, coral polyps, oyster shells, mangrove roots, and other marine habitats and life forms, ECOncrete embodies biomimicry’s design intention: to learn from and mimic forms and processes found in nature to create regenerative solutions.

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How butterflies inspired a new type of paint

Cypris Materials has developed a tunable structural color coating that can be applied directly to surfaces as a paint. Their technology can improve building and automobile energy efficiency by reflecting UV, visible, and infrared light, and it expands the available color pallet while eliminating the use of toxic pigments and colorants.

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How coral is inspiring eco‑friendly clothing

Werewool identifies protein structures found in nature, such as the red fluorescent proteins found in several species of Discosoma, a coral relative. They then grow fibers that are reliant on these proteins, creating textiles with inherent performance properties such as color or stretch, without the need for toxic dyes, finishes, and petroleum based synthetics.

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How the pitcher plant inspired a super‑slippery coating to keep surfaces clean

spotLESS Materials makes sprayable coatings that repel liquid, sludge, bacteria, mineral deposits, and more. They keep surfaces like toilets clean, drastically reducing the amount of water and cleaning chemicals needed. Their advanced materials are available for home use, and can be sprayed onto glass and ceramic at ambient conditions.

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How plants are teaching us how to preserve food

Nanomik Biotechnology protects crops from fungi by controlling the release of plant defense molecules found throughout nature. Their targeted microencapsulation system is applied in both pre-harvest and post-harvest applications and outperforms synthetic fungicides, all while treating a broad spectrum of fungal diseases.

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How the mantis shrimp’s powerful punch inspired stronger materials

Helicoid Industries makes lighter, stronger, and more impact resistant composites by applying the same internal architecture found in the mantis shrimp’s extremely durable club. Applying the Helicoid® technology reduces raw material use, while creating lighter, more energy efficient components, at an overall lower production cost.

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How the nanostructure of a butterfly wing inspired a better way to purify air

Metalmark Innovations addresses the global air pollution crisis by turning contaminated fumes into breathable air. Inspired by the structural coloration, aerodynamics, strength, lightness, and water repellency of butterfly wings, they are creating high-performance catalytic materials that can purify both indoor and outdoor air.

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Communicating with nematodes for better farming

Pheronym increases the effectiveness of commercially available beneficial nematodes (microscopic roundworms) by tapping into their natural communication platform, pheromones. By telling nematodes to be more effective and efficient predators, they are allowing for a widespread adoption of a proven organic farming technique.

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