The Living Product Prize

We envision a world where our products work in harmony with natural systems.

The International Living Future Institute is teaming up with the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge to offer brand-new sub-prizes for submissions that best embody the principles of living products.

Living products - made with healthy, non-toxic materials that are locally sourced, and created with renewable energy - are designed to fit elegantly and efficiently into the natural world. Each submission to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is eligible for the Living Product prizes, along with the overall Challenge prizes.


Open category (open to both students and professionals)

Finalists in the Open category are eligible to join the Accelerator program and compete for both the $10,000 “Living Product” prize and the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize. Finalists will also receive additional coaching and technical consultations from the Living Product Challenge team, valued at over $5,000.

Student category (open to students only)

One “Living Product” student prize of $1,500 will be awarded to a student team for the design concept that best embodies the principles of the Living Product Challenge.

How to submit:

If a team wishes to have their Biomimicry Global Design Challenge submission considered for the “Living Product” Prize, they must check the corresponding box on their BGDC submission form and include a description of how their design concept aligns with the principles of the Living Product Challenge. Living Products are informed by biomimicry and biophilia; manufactured by processes powered only by renewable energy and within the water balance of the places they are made.

Entries competing for the Living Product Prize must meet all of the basic Biomimicry Global Design Challenge judging criteria in addition to to following:

Living Product Potential

  • How well the team demonstrates and documents an understanding of the Living Product Challenge Program.
  • How the team plans to tackle Net Positive impact both on-site and within the product Life Cycle for the impact categories of Water, Energy, and Climate.
  • How effectively the team addresses issues of material health and responsible material sourcing.
  • How well the team meets the Specific Petals and Imperatives within the Living Product Challenge.

Questions? Please email challenge(at)