Gallery: Amazing Natural Packaging: The Wombat’s Super Butt!


If you’re into marsupials (and who isn’t?), my favorite, hands-down, is the wombat. Not just because they are vegan and terribly, terribly cute, or because they’re a bit lazy and are known Down Under for their ability to find shortcuts between A and B whenever possible — but because they have developed an incredible physical adaptation: The reinforced rump. When a predator attacks a wombat, it runs to its burrow and uses its tough cartilage-filled bum to block the hole. Since the super tough wombat behind is just made from modified skin cells, this physical feature would be a smart place for designers and fabricators to look when they are considering more natural alternatives to non biodegradable, unsustainable plastics.

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  3. anisfairy September 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    That’s nice. Well, here in Mexico there’s a student who developed plastic from corn and potato, I wonder if it will success because it’s such an amazing discovery but… What can I say. Anyway, returning to wombat thing, the wombat is cute 😉

  4. Jill Fehrenbacher September 3, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Starre – I heart you – this is the best article ever!

  5. chrismerwin September 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Dermal Shield! How awesome is that!?

  6. Diane Pham September 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

    interesting article. never knew a thing about wombats til now!

  7. Yuka Yoneda September 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Never knew such a cute creature was so tough! What a great example of nature teaching us about design again.

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