There might be a different way of doing things. That’s all that biomimicry really is. It’s just recognizing that what we do may not be sustainable, and there’s a whole textbook of ideas that have been evolving for billions of years.
If there was a wise, practical, and sustainable entity out there that could provide smart and inspiring solutions to our complex lives in the build world, what or who would it be?
Nature has essentially been practicing design throughout billions of years, with millions of “design projects” under its belt. We as a human species have only begun to recognize nature’s brilliance in recent years. In this podcast, Jamie shares what he knows about nature-inspired innovation, biomimicry, and how it could help us create resilient and more sustainable environments in a city.
Jamie Miller is an award-winning designer and founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He has been trained by Janine Benyus (the author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”) and has been building biomimicry in Ontario through his consulting, lectures, and workshops since 2007. Jamie taught Canada’s only biomimicry program at OCAD University, during which he earned a PhD degree in engineering that focused on applying systems-level biomimicry to urban infrastructure resilience. His mission is to draw on biomimicry, biophilia, and ecological engineering to “make it better, naturally.”
For a transcribed version of this interview, click here.
In an era of overly processed foods and an ever growing world population, how can we find a better way of making food safe for consumers to eat while keeping the food’s nutritional integrity?
This episode I speak with Matthew You from Agri-Neo, a food safety tech company right here at home in Toronto. In this short episode, we discuss food safety specifically through a food processing lens in low-moisture foods.
Matthew You is the Sr. Marketing manager at Agri-Neo, where a team of scientists, microbiologists, food scientists, and engineers work to create tech solutions for food safety.
Listen to the podcast above to hear Matthew’s take on how Agri-Neo is helping our world in feeding the world safely!
In this special episode, Toronto-based Art Director and Zero Waster Magali Lafleur shares a bit of everything from urban frustrations, feminine hygiene, zero waste confessions, to tips on leading a cleaner lifestyle in a congested planet. If you’ve ever considered living your life with less trash, give this a listen!
About Magali: Two years ago, Magali started her journey to reduce trash in her lifestyle and learned how to be more environmentally wise by a simple Google search. It was a lifestyle change that she became increasingly more passionate about. You can read about her lifestyle of living zero waste on her Instagram blog @findyouralternative.
3 Easy steps we’ve picked for living cleaner lifestyles from this episode are:
bring your own container when purchasing meals
get to know your lifestyle and decision-making process so you can anticipate what you’ll need in your day
invest in quality products so you won’t have to buy as much in the long run!
Questions and comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org—see ya on the next one!
Melani Chong is a Cosmetic Chemist and Founder of MC2 Industries. This is Part 3 of her interview with Double Cow where she shares her personal perspective on beauty and what goes in it.
MC2 Beauty is a premium line of anti-aging products made from plant-derived ingredients. Hear from the founder herself about her unique and creative product formulation process as a cosmetic chemist, and how others can find their careers in the beauty industry.
Want more like this? We have our very first episode with Joel Anderson from architecture firm, Sustainable.
Drop your questions to email@example.com, and let us know what you think!
Melani is a Cosmetic Chemist, and is the Founder of MC2 Industries. In Part 2, we talk cannabis and adaptogens: How does hemp oil benefit our skin, and how can our skin be able to defend against environmental pollutants in our everyday air? Melani Chong’s MC2 blog reveals a peek into what’s to come in the future of beauty and cosmetics.
Part 3: MC2 Beauty, dives deeper into Melani’s formulation process and it comes out tomorrow. See you soon!
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Melani Chong is a cosmetic chemist, and she works with the formulation and development of many beauty products in the market today.
In Part 1, Melani shares current sustainable action being done within the beauty industry, from using food biomass in our products, to having more tech-driven processes like AI (artificial intelligence) to encourage more efficiency in product manufacturing and processing.
Up next in part 2, cannabis and adaptogens. Tune in again tomorrow.
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In Part 3, Joel Anderson shares his own views on the landscape of sustainability. He gives answers to why the movement of environmental responsibility in architecture is slow to move, as well as what happens behind the scenes to building sustainably.
Listen below. If you’ve missed it, the other 2 parts will be here.
Continuing from Part 1: Foundations of a Healthy Building, Joel Anderson talks about Passive House Design—a building standard that originated from Saskatchewan, and is now being debated as one of many environmental solutions for energy-efficient housing. Also, the pros and cons of Net Zero buildings.
Give it a listen below. Better yet, share it with others who might be interested as well.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Part 1 from yesterday, head over to The Farm where all the upcoming interviews on sustainability will be.
See you tomorrow for Part 3: Our Current Sustainable Landscape!
Joel Anderson, architectural designer from Sustainable, discusses how buildings can reduce overall energy demand, be built with environmentally sensitive and responsible materials, and above all be healthy.
From the material sourcing, toxicity, safety, to disposal, Joel shares his architecture industry knowledge on how we can build healthier buildings for the long run.
This is part one of a three part series. Stay tuned for the next one, tomorrow!