Biomimicri (2023)

Biomimicry-Based Reforestation for Water Restoration and Co-Benefits in Kenyan Forests

Mila Avellar Montezuma / Derrick Mirindi

Agriculture and food industries produce large amounts of byproducts waste that are currently underutilized globally but could serve as a starting point for the circular economy to innovate reforestation using a biomimicry approach.

The idea is to use biomimicry to strengthen the system as a cycle. Biomimicry is the emulation of nature’s forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable designs. It involves learning from and then replicating nature’s patterns and strategies to solve human design challenges. In our research, biomimicry is applied by studying how natural forests efficiently cycle nutrients, utilize byproducts waste, and regenerate themselves.

As a first product to enhance nature by using agricultural and food waste, eggshells and gum Arabic are mixed together with water to manufacture the Nucleario. This forms a natural fertilizer, which is biodegradable and non-toxic, forming a sustainable and eco-friendly product.”