“Seeding and accelerating nature-inspired solutions to global challenges is the aim of this new partnership,” said John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Interface Founder Ray Anderson, who created the Foundation upon his passing in 2011, was famously inspired by biomimicry. His carpet company was one of the first to invite biologist Janine Benyus to the design table, resulting in the company’s number one selling carpet tile product, Entropy. Designed to mimic a forest floor, Entropy revolutionized carpet tile manufacturing and installation, resulting in little to no waste.
The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation worked together for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 "Food Systems"...The goal was to show how modeling nature can provide viable solutions to reduce hunger, while creating conditions conducive to all life.
The participants submited commercially viable, nature-inspired solutions to our global food system challenges