More and more green technologies enter the market every year in an attempt to remediate climate change. Biowalls are among them. But there’s something different about this product. More than just a consumer good, biowalls encourage the user to engage in sensing their environment differently. As one of the biggest challenges in both sustainability and health, air quality is the main priority of Biome–a company that is producing small-scale mountable biowalls for individual use. Biomimetic technology is typically a large installation that acts as an interior finish for a building. The mission of Biome is to make biowalls more accessible (ie smaller, mobile, affordable) so that clean, healthy air is an option for everyone.
Considering Biome products as green technology, aligns with the theoretical framework of EIS. Environmental Information Systems are defined by Kim Fortun as “Technologies that structure human understanding of the environment and subsequent interactions” (Fortun, 2004). Biome is physically “bringing nature indoors” in an attempt to shift the current popular perception of nature as distinct or separate from humanity and human processes. Does this structure thought/understanding about the micro and macro environments? Does having a biowall in the home change an individual’s future interactions with the environment? Considering Biome as a non-digital technology, its implementation would provide a robust case study for the EIS concept.