We find a lot of rarified design concepts in Green Echo like the swordfish inspired motorcycle or octopus beanbag, but taking nature’s cues can be a lot more down to earth.

It helps to see GREEN ECHO evidence as a metaphor. E.g.: if a flower can attract exactly the right bug but to germinate it with certain colors and shapes… then how should you look at your packaging or product…who is it attracting? For instance,  I’ve always considered myself a fairly eco conscious person but it wasn’t until I lived in a sustainable community that I realized how much lip service I paid to the “Green Thing.” Don’t worry, I’M NOT GOING ON A GREEN RANT!  I get it…I’m sick of the “green guilt” too. I’m just saying I’m surprised at how little I knew about Permaculture and what a perfect example of GREEN ECHO it is.  To make it worse it was developed in Australia!! Where have I been! (oh yeah, the USA but I digress…)

Permaculture: “an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in the natural ecologies.

I will be getting more specific about Permaculture practices in the future, but for now suffice to say that it seems if there is a problem nature has its own special cure.  Why do we try to pluck inspiration out of thin air?  Whether you believe in Intelligent Design or Creationism is irrelevant – Mother Nature has it pretty much worked it all out so look to her for clues & ideas!!!

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