Biomimicry

Sponsor:

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Team Members:

Kevin Harrow

Jessica Pham

Louie Motew

Maggie Swaim

Project Statement:

Biomimicry emulates nature’s patterns and strategies toward the use in man-made applications.  HBI is seeking ways to incorporate biomimicry designs to enable a ‘function without finish’ approach to existing fabric technologies.  What solutions can be found in nature and be applied to this concept?  Think of plants, animals, marine life, insects that have protective yet functional elements.  The objective of this project is to identify a non-chemical solution that provides added benefits to a garment or fabric by creating an innovative structure in fiber (spinning), knitting, weaving, etc. that is bio-inspired. The finished fabric/garment should be appealing to consumers and be machine washable.