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The first and only textile finish inspired by nature.

inspired by nature

Nature is a great teacher and a terrific engineer

In the natural world water does not wet the leaves of many plants because their leaves are rough on a small scale. This microscopic roughness which has been used by nature for thousands of years to provide water repellency, is the inspiration behind GreenShield. This is known as biomimicry – the science and art of emulating nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems.

GreenShield is proud to be in partnership with The Biomimicry Institute where GreenShield is a featured case study.

Making Every Atom Count

Green Nanotechnology is a discipline that leverages the advantage of nanotechnology but not at the expense of sustainability practices and principles. Green Nanotechology is a product development and manufacturing philosophy that promotes sustainable system thinking as applied to nanotechnology. This philosophy inspires the adoption of green principles:

  • Using benign materials
  • Using energy efficiently
  • Generating less waste

Our Nanotechnology is Green

Not all nanotechnology is Green Nanotechnology. All kinds of nano-products
are making their way into the marketplace. Some of these products contain
nano-materials & particles, such as carbon nanotubes, silver and zinc oxides,
and the number of nano-products continues to grow.

Since nanotechnology is a relatively new area of scientific study, little is known about the long term risk of nano-materials, including their toxicities, potential for emissions and human exposure, and the environmental and ecological impact. This is why green nanotechnology principles are so important.

  • GreenShield permanently binds to each fiber and cannot be released into the environment or enter human tissue
  • GreenShield forms a mesh network and cannot become air borne

At BigSky we believe the best way to reduce risk is to design and engineer those risks out of products.

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biomimicry:
innovation inspired
by nature

Biomimicry is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to take inspiration in order to solve human problems sustainably.

Biomimicry is a new way of viewing and valuing nature. It introduces an era based not on what we can extract from the natural world, but what we can learn from it.

The term biomimicry was coined and popularized by Janine Benyus, a scientist and author. GreenShield is proud to be a featured case study on the Biomimicry Institute website.