Gallery: PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!


Thus far in our Packaging the Future Series, we’ve looked at how plants (coconuts) and animals (Wombat butts) can serve as inspiration for planet-friendly packaging. But insects, with their tough, waterproof, breathable and totally biodegradable exoskeletons shouldn’t be ignored. Insects have been kickin’ it on this planet for over 400 million years and have outlived most other animal groups – even through major extinction events like the one that killed the dinosaurs! Even then humble ant can serve as a remarkable model for natural design brilliance – read on to take a look at these tiny titans’ incredible attributes!

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  1. Packaging the Future: F... November 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    […] (coconut shells), tough-but-flexible protection (wombat butts) and light tensile strength (ant exoskeletons). Now it’s time to look at the softer side of packaging; after all, not all containers need […]

  2. erick October 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Reading this makes me feel kind of antsy…

  3. Natalie October 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Ants and bugs generally creep me out, but I have respect for the resourcefulness. If someone could create packaging with ant exo-skeleton properties, it would be really useful, not to mention, probably make them a lot of money.

  4. Yuka Yoneda October 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve always admired ants too and think that most societies hold them in high esteem – remember the poem “The Ant and the Grasshopper”? I didn’t realize how cool their exoskeletons are though!

  5. Bridgette Meinhold October 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    i love biomimicry!

  6. Diane Pham October 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Great post. Ants are such an interesting insect!

  7. Jasmin Malik Chua October 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Love this, thanks for sharing!

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