“The Nature is not only our playground but our life source and inspiration”.
We humans exist only on planet earth and are heavily dependent on the natural resources and ecosystems. According to some scientific estimates, humans inhabited the earth for about 300,000 years, and the human civilizations dated back to 4,000 BC (Victor, 2018). For most of human history, we have lived sustainably and pretty much in harmony with the nature. However, industrialization accelerated the pace of humans controlling nature for our lifestyle. Industrialization also catalyzed the linear economy in which take-make-use-dispose culture is accentuated. In the last hundred years, the rapidly growing as well as urbanizing human population is excessively consuming the planet’s limited resources and polluting the ecosystems.
This is also contributing to the extreme weather conditions and rise in sea levels. This calls for reshaping the co-existence between nature and human. To enable this reshaping to occur we must look to how nature interacts with each other to appreciate that the current linear approach to how nature and human co-exist today is out of step with the nature’s own close loop or circular approach. Nature inspires the concept of circular models where resources are valued the most, waste does not exist in nature, because each organism contributes to the health of the whole. One organisms waste becomes food for another. Nutrients flow perpetually in a regenerative, cradle to cradle cycles of birth, decay, and rebirth. Waste equals food.
The circular model emulates nature through a restorative and regenerative system of closed loops in which raw materials and products circulate eternally eliminating wastage as if mimicking the circularity of elements in a natural ecosystem such as a forest. It also depends on renewable energy sources such as sunlight and wind instead of fossil fuels. This gives inspiration for innovation of new materials within products and services that can have little or no impact on the environment.
Here at Revolwe we are a material science company which means through science, technology and designed we are developing materials that can make a positive environmental difference which can be circulated like nature does within Revolwes close loop business model known as Re-Loop™. Here at Revolwe we think about the product impact at the very beginning of our research and development, it is always our starting point. So far, we have never accomplished complete sustainability with our finished product, maybe it is never possible to achieve complete sustainability, but the smallest possibility is what drives us each day to keep challenging the unknown. This drive enables us to scrutinise through self-evaluation the environmental impact at all stages of our products life/cycle.
Lifepositiveindex ™ is an innovative but simple way we conduct our self-evaluation using a measuring and traceable system that allows us to produce a sustainability index rating for our finished product. The index rating also includes the intended human use of the product and the environmental impact this can have on our nature. We use the index rating as a guide for our continuous research and development in the pursuit of complete sustainability.