People often look at what existed, previous to human creation, as less advanced.  We carry the perspective that innovations of the present are, more beneficial, more complex, and more integrated, than designs of the past.  While this is often true, could it be possible that something designed by millions of years of evolution could be in fact, more beneficial, more complex, and more integrated with the planet than anything a human could currently design?

Imagine this

“Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons, and self replicates. . .”

and then,

“Why don’t we knock that down and write on it.”

Out of the box thinking

Maybe the greatest green innovation is already innovated and integrated with a planet which humans so seamlessly coexist.  What’s more advanced, the cars in the parking lot, or the tree?

Quotes and inspiration from William McDonough’s cradle to cradle design.