"Organisms do not have the luxury of plugging into a socket or burning fossil fuels to light their way" - Janine Benyus

The world's first (and still best) fiber optics, photonic crystals and LED Bragg refractor were invented by marine sponges, beetles and tropical butterflies.

The Team:

Janine Benyus Co - Founder Biomimicry 3.8, The Top 100 Global Thought Leaders 2014.

Saskia van den Muijsenberg Co -Founder Biomimicry NL, Work group advisor Horizon 2020.

Jaques Chirazi Founder Biomimicry Switzerland, Renewable Energy Professional.

Camilla Kovac Co - Founder Kovac Family AB

Erin Leith Senior Principal, Designer, Biomimicry 3.8

Jamie Dwyer M.Arch, Biologist & Design Strategist Biomimicry 3.8

What we do:

Changing how we create light, how we use it and how we power it.

The project's goal is to produce  light in a wallpaper thin, flexible material using a biomimetic method.


Lighting accounts for 20% of all electricity used in residential and commercial sectors (US EIA 2011). Even the modest decrease would lead to vital reductions in CO2 emissions.

We believe it's time to learn from nature's well-adapted strategies to create a more sustainable human approach to lighting. For the hundreds of millions of years, life has been generating, amplifying and transmitting light economically and efficiently. We are confident that the answers we seek have already been invented.

The time is ripe to emulate the most promising natural models in thin-film lighting product that revolutionizes the way we light our dwellings and workspaces.