KinokoFry #081 – Biomimicry

Good luck. Perhaps it may surprise you to hear that this comic isn’t about how much I hate leaf blowers. Not just about that, anyway.

It was inspired by watching this talk on biomimicry by Janine Benyus, who is now my hero and I love her.

Although I was in utter awe of each of the examples she gave of people looking to animals and nature and learning from the brilliant ways they achieve what we strive to do, or do so clumsily and with so much waste, specifically, this comic refers to an idea I thought particularly exciting; being able to use CO2 (that stuff we have too much of) to create a new kind of feedstock, or raw material. An idea inspired by the fact that whereas we see CO2 as this horrible evil – and don’t get me wrong, it ain’t good for us – to plants and trees, CO2 is food! They take it and they use it to create.

Imagine the potential of that. People are working on it right now.

- Rebecca Clements

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10 Comments

This reminds me of the movie Spirited Away, down in the boiler room with all the little soot creatures :]


I’ll be honest. CO2 like the material from leaf blowers… filtered, then converted into reusable material? This is seriously balls-off-the-walls awesome.


It just goes to show us all that everything is both good and bad, and we must look at all the sides before settling on a course of action! Btw, love the last panel!


Took me a couple looks to figure it out…guess that’s what happens when you’re tired.

Made me lol a good little bit. First visit to the site and love it! Keep up the good work.


Two German scientists invented a way to make polymers out of atmospheric CO2. Unfortunately i forgot their names, but you might find something if just google hard enough


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