What is Slow Technology?
Slow Technology as we define it, is the application of biomimetic design, green chemistry, Cradle to Cradle design principles, and other life-centred design frameworks to yield products and systems for a regenerative circular economy.
A timeless design aesthetic of beauty
Biomimetic design, green chemistry, and cradle to cradle design are revolutionizing industries, changing the way products are made and systems are run. From buildings to clothing, from supply chains to business structures, drawing on timeless design principles tested and proven over millennia is moving the world towards a thriving future.
Principles of biomimetic design are already being used in some of today's most cutting edge products.
For a high-performance swimsuit for olympic athletes, Speedo turned to the ocean's sleekest creature. The sharkskin speedo mimics the dentin nano-structures that reduce drag and prevent parasitism on sharks.
Whale Fin and Turbine
When trying to make a better wind turbine, whales were discovered to be a surprising inspiration. With ridges on the front of their flippers that reduce drag, these giant creatures can turn and navigate with surprising ease. By modeling wind turbines with ridges, aerodynamics are dramatically improved.
Morpho Butterfly Wings
Many types of butterflies including the Morpho Butterfly use light-interacting structures on their wing scales to produce color, rather than using pigment. The scales are composed of nano-sized, transparent, chitin structures. These selectively cancel out certain colors through wavelength interference while reflecting others. In a commercial application, this can be used to make colored surfaces without dyes or pigments.
Lotusan self-cleaning paint gets its inspiration from microstructures – bumps and hairs found on the lotus leaf. When it rains, the waxy surface causes water droplets to ball up and roll off, taking dirty with them. The lotus has long been a sacred symbol in the east where it was noted the leaves and flowers always appeared clean despite the plant growing from mud at the bottom of lakes.