Chapter 10 - Beetle
Biomimicry, a new breed of plastics
As the Age of Plastics draws to a close, another fork in the road is offered. This is an examination of how we, as animals, fit into a finite ecosystem alongside the other inhabitants of our earth. Biomimicry is a discipline which calls for new invention to draw inspiration from nature herself which
through regenerative, circular principles, has refined her designs over millions of years to provide a sustainable earth.
You could look at Nature as being like a catalogue of products, and all of these have benefited from a 3.8 billion year research and development period. In the age of Accelerations, it will be those who learn to mirror Nature who thrive.
Do you see this beetle?
So light in my hand.
It uses one polymer, chitin,
To make it waterproof, strong, resilient, breathable,
Creating colour through structure
Take a peek
In Nature’s kingdom
All the colours of the rainbow
They are spread across the world.
Light in the dark street
Light in the dark
In every pore
In every pore
Nature uses five biodegradable polymers
Cellulose, keratin, chitin, lignin, pectin
To create all that we see
Quick change artistry, essence of alchemy
Abundance, materials of a trillion uses
Cradle to cradle, rotating
Circular by design
Sprial, spiral to the centre
Spiral and lock in, lead out
Nature is the consummate engineer and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.