In the first weeks of class I have learned more about sustainability than I ever knew before. This week especially I learned about biomimcry, which I knew nothing about before. The way we all use nature in design that makes everything super sustainable is what I am putting my main focus on during this course.
Michael Pawlyn touched on how biomimcry using nature in how we build things could save a great amount of money using closed loop, and natural fossil fuels with everything we do. He gave an example of closed loop product with food to shipping packages then using the shredding cardboard material for horse bedding to worms, to Siberian fish which in turn created caviar going to restaurants. A really impressive example he gave of a beetle that collects water and how we need to do that to collect as much rainwater as possible.
Closing the loop in commerce has to do with making everything completing the cycle of a product such as the example from the TED talk video. The article talks about emulating nature’s economics which kind of goes back to the aspect of biomimicry. Gather and use energy efficiently with products such as compact fluorescents, weather tight building panels, and energy sipping appliances. Remaining in biosphere says to not tear down the unnecessary trees and conserve as much nature as possible and don’t use any resources we do not need in order to keep everything in balance and as natural as possible.
Three tenets are use current solar income, celebrate diversity, and waste=food has two metabolism which include biological metabolism and technological metabolism.
Industrial ecology processes are found in a lot of place. We just have to make sure the process goes all the way around such as coal mines. Another example of industrial ecology is steam engine product ecology.
Life principles on earth are interconnected and interdependent. Life integrates and optimizes these strategies to create conditions conductive to life. Evolve to survive which is continually incorporate and embody information to ensure enduring performance, be resource efficient which is skillfully and conservatively take advantage of local resources and opportunities, adapt to changing conditions appropriately respond to dynamic contexts, integrate development with growth invest optimally in strategies that promote both development and growth, be locally attuned and responsive fit into and integrate with the surrounding environment, and use life-friendly chemistry are the life principles use chemistry that supports life processes.
Cradle to cradle the concept that a product is designed to function efficiently while at the same time designed in such a way that it can be broken down at the end of its lifecycle and that every part can be upcycled or repurposed. When we did the C2C assignment in class we took materials and broken them down and reused what we could or completely repurposed them.
My carbon footprint value estimated my greenhouse gas emissions are 28 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year which they say is above the yearly average.
I would say I’m pretty adamant about recycling and separating my garbage in the cans. Most places today offer a trash and recycle can so it makes it that much easier to recycle the correct products that need to be recycled. I have a harder time reusing products for different purposed. I have gotten in a really bad habit of throwing things away when I am done using them. I feel like if I knew how to sue or make clothes I would reuse materials more often.