What is industurial ecology in a solarpunk context?
broadly speaking industurial ecology is humans mimicing nature for the benefit of our socities.
this tends to manifest in 3 major ways
- What we can learn from nature biomimicracly. this could be products or materials that mimic the natural elegance of evolution. Think self healing plastics that mimic how skin heals.
- The second is metaphorical. like when we use cradle to cradle product design to insure that 100% of the materials of a product are 100% recyclable as that same undegraded material. nature puts nothing to waste. carbon, oxygen and energy flows from one system to another flawlessly. we are not there yet but great efforts are being made. Interface makes flooring out of old fishing nets and helps raise awareness of fishing net polution in relavant communities.
- Its an open secret that the clothing and textiles industry is among the worst offenders of waste. lots of companies are doing different things to minimize or restore their climate impact. some are using low water fibers like hemp, some are reinvesting in new more efficent methods and doing in house carbon offsetting. none are perfect but a real favorie of mine is Reblend, which makes everything from recycled garments. I am not carrying anything from them yet but as soon as I can, I will.
- Third is the most literal implementation of the industurial of industurial ecology: scale. Whats it look like when entire countries get on board with recycling? well germany now has about 99% of its bottles being recycled and its god dammed beautiful.
so thats it. copy where it makes sense. metaphorically, literally and .. flow-ey....