Today in class we watched a video about biomimicry. It was pretty amazing to see different companies learning from nature to come up with designs for new products. The point Janine Benyus was making about “asking nature for the answer to our current problems” made real sense because like she said, they have been living longer than we have and have integrated itself into the life of earth without disrupting it. It is us humans who are the only ones responsible for damaging what has existed long before we have.
I was also very surprised with all the different kinds of technology and products she talked about. Although cost of such new technology tends to be high, if governments can promote products such as the sharkskin floor/walls that repel bacteria and support the use of it, hospitals will not have to rely on anti-bacterial sprays anymore. I wonder what the spray company will have to say about that.
This seems to be a growing issue. An alternative solution always faces great criticism from the existing firms, and tends to not get enough backing to be able to develop further. It is hard for me to believe that oil companies are just watching alternative energy development happen, and it is probably unlikely that construction companies are going to use concrete that emits half the amount of carbon dioxide but costs twice as much. It isn’t just firms that we can blame. Most of us don’t even buy toilet paper made out of recycled material just because it’s more expensive then normal ones.