8. Environmental Innovation Through Biomimicry

  1. Nikos Avlonas Founder and President1 and
  2. George P. Nassos Principal2

Published Online: 1 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118787472.ch8

Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage

How to Cite

Avlonas, N. and Nassos, G. P. (2013) Environmental Innovation Through Biomimicry, in Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118787472.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Center for Sustainability & Excellence

  2. 2

    George P. Nassos & Associates, Inc.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118250440

Online ISBN: 9781118787472



  • biomimicry;
  • environmental innovation;
  • fish-inspired travel;
  • Nissan Motors;
  • spider silk


Biomimicry deals with studying nature's models and imitating or taking inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems. This chapter provides examples of how nature has inspired or can inspire innovation that will lead to sustainable systems. Today, research is being conducted to produce spider silk synthetically by creating the same proteins that spiders produce. These strong synthetic proteins can be used to prepare other morphologies, such as films, gels, foams, capsules, nonwovens, spheres, and nanofibers using different processing methods. Nissan Motors was interested in developing an automobile that can be driven in congested roads without the fear of collisions. The company looked at the behavioral patterns of a school of fish that avoid obstacles without colliding with each other. The company applied laser range finder technology, and ultra wide band, short-distance radio communications technology, which assured the cars from colliding with an obstacle.