Friday, April 17, 2015

How does nature reuse materials?

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It's spring cleanup time! Across our region, people are sweeping out old leaves and branches to make room for new growth. But what happens to leaves in a forest? Are they a waste product to be removed or do they form an intricate component of the soil architecture? Do plants and organisms produce toxic materials that cannot be safely stored in the soil or do their materials safely break down into benign elements? In short, how does nature reuse materials? And what does this mean for material selection in our built environment?

Discover solutions to this and more at the Chicago Biomimicry Immersion, starting next week! April 25th at The Morton Arboretum! Be sure to enter the promo code "BIOCHI10" for 10% off the cost of registration!

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