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December 31 Learning from Natural Survival? The world’s largest carpet maker’s win-win in economic and ecological success
Bionics is a form of learning and mimicry of nature or biological structure and survival methods, which has proven highly effective as a new discipline for the research and development of new technological innovations to resolve challenges affecting lifestyle and living, and while these kind of applications have a long history with mankind, with the bionics concepts proposed in the 1960s and their rapid adoption in the past decades leading to newly emerging technologies and industries. According to Forbes estimates, by 2030, bionics technologies will generate an annual production value of US$1.6 trillion, and will be one of the world’s leading technologies as well as one of the most popular emerging industries.
Interface Inc. of Holland is the world’s largest Carpet Tile maker and also a world leader at the vanguard in sustainability and the bionics industry. They invented the carpet tile system which is unique from other standard carpets, in that the carpet tile permits limitless design recombinations, so damaged or dirty areas can be replaced by changing out a tile or cleaning tiles, reducing waste by 90%. Moreover, by biomimetic modeling of the fine feathers of the gecko for strong intermolecular force, the carpet has strong adsorption and does not require any adhesives to adhere to the floor, allowing it to be simply set in place to stay in place, while also affording removal at any time for cleaning or simple replacement.
Interface Inc. is an exemplary enterprise leading the way to transform a once linear economy to a circular economy, emerging as a world leader and they plan by 2020 to develop a totally circular economy creating greater wealth and prosperity, while concomitantly reducing ecological harms, in the hope of transforming themselves into the world’s leading bionics industry firm.