System thinking, system innovation
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To be innovative is to adapt to an ever changing environment

Biomimicry and sustainability are at the centre of research & development

We understand that sustainability is not only a matter of technological innovations to overcome current challenges. Sustainability is founded in the ability of an organisation to be innovative and adapt to an ever changing environment. Innovation at Greenloop consists in translating valuable insights from life sciences to identify and apply optimal organisational conditions for innovation and sustainability.  

According to the OECD’s “strategy for innovation”, the growth in eco-innovation will be driven through both technical (products and processes) and organisational (strategy and governance) improvements. Greenloop believes that optimal progress in sustainability is leveraged by complementary innovation in products, processes and organisational management. The OECD calls this ‘System innovation’.

Technological innovation for sustainability

Greenloop works on technological innovations through the application of material and structural design innovations from nature’s virtual limitless library of innovative practical solutions. As biologists at the design table we help to create bio-inspired sustainable solutions for our clients’ products and services.  Also, Greenloop delivers technological innovation for sustainability based on biomimicry science through the CO2SolStock project. Within a consortium of international universities Greenloop leads this flagship project where research on biomineralization of CO2 is driven by innovation inspired by the ability of microorganisms to capture carbon in calcareous rocks. 


Did you know that this fragile looking deep sea glass sponge has remarkable structural strength that has found applications in the construction of buildings, bridges and optical fibre cables? The sponge is constructed at ambient local temperature and pressure, solemnly using the elements available in seawater. Unlike the optical fibre cable, for example, the sponge does not need cumbersome heat, beat and treat methods for its construction.

Euplectella aspergillu, photo: Gauthier Chapelle



Organisational innovation for sustainability

Greenloop specialises in biomimetic applications for organisational innovation. We translate knowledge from life sciences to develop better strategies for companies and organisations; taking the best lessons from nature to develop new insights into how complex systems can be optimised. 

See how Greenloop can help you discover the rich potential of collaborative business models that make use of synergetic relationships with their working environment (partners, competitors, stakeholders, employees). We help our clients to understand how organisations become more resilient by nurturing innovation and adaptability while leveraging the benefits of diversity. See how organisations can tab into collective intelligence and make optimal use of self-organising characteristics of smartly organised organisations. 

Ants and colonies

Did you know that individual ants are limited to a memory of less than one minute? Yet these small animals are able to build a complex social colony that achieves remarkable performance and thrives through the use of collective intelligence. The individual human intellect outweighs that of any other species, yet we do not make use of the tremendous benefits from collective intelligence. That is not to say that humans should behave like ants. It illustrates how we can enrich our ability to adapt to an ever-changing world by acknowledging the potential that can be found in looking closely at the way complex livings systems are organised and structured around us. 


By mimicking the designs of nature’s complex living systems we have developed methods and tools to improve the resilience of organisations; improving both performance and the ability to adapt. Click here for more information on our Innovation and Transition Strategy.