Biomimicry is to emulate natural structures, abilities and processes to identify solutions with a minimal environmental impact. Designers would like to use biomimicry to increase sustainability in the fashion industry but there is a lack of knowledge. This ACT project aims to explore the relationship between biomimicry and fashion industry for applications in the field of fashion, textiles and design and possible improvements for future.
A specific in-depth example of biomimicry will be given, namely the use of the leaves structure of the Chinese juniper plant that is able to catch particulate matter, which is a major issue air of pollution. In this project, the leaf structure of the Chinese juniper was analyzed to examine probabilities to use this structure in material for clothing or furniture. Furthermore, interviews were conducted with consumers and companies to get to know their perspective on biomimicry and sustainability in the fashion industry.
The ACT group consist of an interdisciplinary group of master students with backgrounds in Plant Biotechnology, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Management, Economics and Consumers studies.
This project is in collaboration with ArtEZ, Arnhem and part of 100yearWUR