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Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - September 2021

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Updates from the Biomimicry Institute:

Spider-inspired silk company, Spintex, awarded $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®

The Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy

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by Lydia Miller, Senior VP and Portfolio Specialist with Dana Investment Advisors 

The concept and acceptance of moving toward a Circular Economy have grown significantly in the last several years. While definitions vary, most focus on maximizing the value of materials, products, and other resources (i.e., water, energy) that circulate in the economy by maintaining them in the economy for as long as possible while also minimizing the consumption of materials and the generation of waste.

Ecocentricity Blog: Life Creates Conditions Conducive to Life

By: John A. Lanier
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No matter how much we might foul her, nature will continue her laborious work to clean herself, to renew herself, and to become more resilient. And most amazingly of all, she doesn’t hold a grudge against our rebellious little species.

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No matter how much we might foul her, nature will continue her laborious work to clean herself, to renew herself, and to become more resilient. And most amazingly of all, she doesn’t hold a grudge against our rebellious little species.

Ecocentricity Blog: Beetles, Mussels and Diatoms, Oh My!

By: John A. Lanier
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Nature really is the best teacher, and the teams that pitched for the Ray of Hope Prize know it. 

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Nature really is the best teacher, and the teams that pitched for the Ray of Hope Prize know it. 

Spider-inspired Silk Company, Spintex, Awarded $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

By mimicking how a spider spins silk at room temperature, Spintex creates high performance, sustainable textiles that are 1,000 times more efficient than an equivalent synthetic fiber.
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The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are proud to announce the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize award recipient is Spintex Engineering. Spintex is a University of Oxford spinout company that manufactures biodegradable textile fibers for use in fashion and high-performance material applications. As the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize recipient, Spintex has been awarded $100,000 in  support of their groundbreaking work.

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The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are proud to announce the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize award recipient is Spintex Engineering. Spintex is a University of Oxford spinout company that manufactures biodegradable textile fibers for use in fashion and high-performance material applications. As the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize recipient, Spintex has been awarded $100,000 in  support of their groundbreaking work.

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - May 2021

Quarterly Newsletter from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has issued its quarterly newsletter, featuring stories from the foundation and key funding initiatives; Biomimicry Institute, Drawdown Georgia, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and The Ray.

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has issued its quarterly newsletter, featuring stories from the foundation and key funding initiatives; Biomimicry Institute, Drawdown Georgia, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and The Ray.

ECOncrete Turns Marine Infrastructures Into Thriving Natural Ecosystems

Reprinted from Intelligent Living by Andrea D. Steffen
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ECOncrete succeeds in making coastlines less disruptive to marine ecosystems by replacing intrusive concrete structures (like seafloor mats and seawalls) with products that blend in with their surroundings. It accomplishes this through biomimicry – a technique that relies on the textures, shapes, and sizes of natural systems to dictate how a product is built. The result is a bio-enhancing material that helps marine life thrive.

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ECOncrete succeeds in making coastlines less disruptive to marine ecosystems by replacing intrusive concrete structures (like seafloor mats and seawalls) with products that blend in with their surroundings. It accomplishes this through biomimicry – a technique that relies on the textures, shapes, and sizes of natural systems to dictate how a product is built. The result is a bio-enhancing material that helps marine life thrive.

From Butterfly Wings to Shrimp Claws: Mimicking Nature on the Nanoscale

Innovators look to biomimicry to address sustainability challenges. Can they harness green chemistry to get it right?
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The same microscopic structures that bring beauty to a butterfly also provide strength, lightness, and water repellency. It's this efficient design that has captured the imagination of Metalmark's founders and inspired their invention: indoor air purification systems that destroy, rather than trap, volatile organic compounds, viruses, and ultrafine particles.

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The same microscopic structures that bring beauty to a butterfly also provide strength, lightness, and water repellency. It's this efficient design that has captured the imagination of Metalmark's founders and inspired their invention: indoor air purification systems that destroy, rather than trap, volatile organic compounds, viruses, and ultrafine particles.

Ecocentricity Blog: Who's Your Favorite Chemist?

By: John A. Lanier
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Where humans often use toxic substances in our chemistry, the natural world’s chemistry is overwhelmingly benign. Where humans use heat and strong forces to create chemical bonds, nature self-assembles at ambient temperatures. Where many human chemical feedstocks rely on global mining supply chains, nature has figured out how to use whatever it has right where it is.

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Where humans often use toxic substances in our chemistry, the natural world’s chemistry is overwhelmingly benign. Where humans use heat and strong forces to create chemical bonds, nature self-assembles at ambient temperatures. Where many human chemical feedstocks rely on global mining supply chains, nature has figured out how to use whatever it has right where it is.

Ecocentricity Blog: Cultural Roots

By: John A. Lanier
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This week's Ecocentricity Blog meets at the intersection of culture, food, music and environment.

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This week's Ecocentricity Blog meets at the intersection of culture, food, music and environment.

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