Biomimicry for sustainable textiles

Nature has had a long time - over four and a half billion years if you wish to know - to finetune the various assets it provides us today. What can be smarter than learning from nature and trying to incorporate sustainability from these learnings? Biomimicry does just this.

As it is the case for many other industries, the textile industry too can significantly enhance its sustainability through biomimicry.

Stakeholders

Researchers or innovators

Textile and fashion designers

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Biomimicry clothing aims at applying learnings from - and mimicking nature - nature while producing textiles, thus reconnecting our body to nature. Biomimicry has the potential to provide fabrics that will be self-repairing, self-cleaning, preserve energy, superhydrophobic, and more.

Sustainability benefits

The scope of biomimicry is so vast that it has the potential to provide sustainability benefits along with many dimensions - energy, environmental and societal sustainability.

Highlights/USP

Many natural surfaces are multi-functional; this is something that textile surfaces can try to recreate, in order to get used more and for longer.

Stage of commercialization

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Textile engineers,Fashion designers,Ecologists, Scientists, Artists

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential

Value Chain

Web Resources

Biomimicry in fashion: clothing inspired by nature

Biomimetics, also known as biomimicry, is a field of study in which scientists examine nature and borrow elements of design to create new technologies or products. When it comes to textiles, nature provides many examples of color combinations, patterns, and symmetrical objects that have become a source of inspiration for designers. It also discusses bacteria to create colors, waterproof materials that mimic the animal world and leather from mushrooms.

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Biomimicry in fashion: clothing inspired by nature

Biomimetics, also known as biomimicry, is a field of study in which scientists examine nature and borrow elements of design to create new technologies or products. When it comes to textiles, nature provides many examples of color combinations, patterns, and symmetrical objects that have become a source of inspiration for designers. It also discusses bacteria to create colors, waterproof materials that mimic the animal world and leather from mushrooms.

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An overview on biomimicry in textiles

Biomimetic research is a rapidly growing field and its true potential in the development of new and sustainable textiles can only be realized through interdisciplinary research rooted in a holistic understanding of nature. This paper provides a general overview of the potential of bioinspired textile structures by highlighting a few specific examples of pertinent, inherently sustainable biological systems.

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