October 20th is International Sloth Day, so here is a biomimicry story about sloths.
Biomimicry is the practice of looking to nature for inspiration when designing new products and processes. Sloths are often stereotyped as being lazy and slow-moving, but they actually have a lot to teach us about living more sustainably. Sloths are very efficient with their energy, and they have adapted to their environment in a number of ways that help them to conserve resources.
One of the most important lessons we can learn from sloths is the importance of slowing down. Sloths move slowly to conserve energy, and they also have a low basal metabolic rate, which means that they burn less energy at rest. We can learn from sloths by slowing down our own pace of life and taking breaks when we need them.
Here are a few examples of how biomimicry inspired by sloths is being used today:
🦥 Energy-efficient buildings. Researchers are studying the design of sloth fur to develop new materials for energy-efficient buildings. Sloth fur is very effective at absorbing water vapour, which can help to keep buildings cool and dry.
🦥 Self-cleaning surfaces. Researchers are also studying the structure of sloth fur to develop new self-cleaning surfaces. Sloth fur is covered in tiny grooves that help to repel water and dirt. This could lead to the development of new self-cleaning surfaces for everything from cars to solar panels.
🦥 Biomimetic robots. Researchers are also developing biomimetic robots inspired by sloths. These robots could be used for a variety of tasks, such as exploring hazardous environments or performing delicate surgeries.
Finally, sloths can teach us the importance of living in harmony with nature. Sloths live in rainforests, where they have adapted to the hot and humid climate. They also have a symbiotic relationship with other organisms, such as algae and moths. We can learn from sloths by living in harmony with nature and reducing our impact on the environment.
By learning from the sloth, we can develop new ways to live more sustainably and efficiently.
Our audiobook story of Lost on Infinity is about a boy named Moog and his dog Rockford who travel to the Island of Infinity, a magical place where all the world’s extinct creatures live. On the island, Moog and Rockford learn about the importance of respecting nature and protecting all living things.
Our podcast series, Stories, Science & Secrets, we meet many extinct creatures and discuss biomimicry stories