Learning from the Nature: Enabling the Transition Towards Circular Economy Through Biomimicry

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Abstract

The natural biosphere operates according to a
system of nutrients and metabolisms, in which there is no such
thing as waste. Forming an eternal cycle, which iteratively
recycles its major nutrients. This objective is what many
industrial organizations aim for by closing industrial material
and product loops in the Technosphere. In doing so industrial
organisations aim to drive sustainability, ensure supply
resilience and explore new financial revenue streams. Unlike
the biosphere, the technosphere is immature, often failing to
prove financial vitality and hence scalability. This paper
utilizes biomimicry to cross fertilize natural intelligence,
which evolved over millions of years. Biological organism
ensures vitality (surplus of calories) by foraging for food, a
process, which contains continuous search and digestion
processes, optimized to environmental conditions through
evolution. This paper explores how biological search and
digestion strategies can be exploited in industrial product
takeback systems to make informed decisions for maximizing
industrial vitality (surplus of financial income).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2019
Number of pages6
Publication date3 Feb 2020
Pages870-875
Article number8978540
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-3805-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-3804-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Biomimicry
  • Circular Economy
  • Foraging
  • Sustainability
  • Take-back

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    Bockholt, M. T., Kristensen, J. H., Wæhrens, B. V., & Evans, S. (2020). Learning from the Nature: Enabling the Transition Towards Circular Economy Through Biomimicry. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2019 (pp. 870-875). [8978540] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEM44572.2019.8978540