World Environment Day serves as a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect and preserve the planet we call home. On this hopeful occasion, Brilliant Labs Author and Director of Creative Learning, Alisha Collins hosted an engaging Biomaking Guide Book Launch on Twitter LIVE Chat, where educators, students, and community came together to delve into the transformative potential of biomaking.

Let’s explore the insights shared during the event and uncover how biomaking can ignite a lifelong commitment to sustainable practices and innovation.

Biomaking Bridging the Gap and Empowering All

Biomaking emerges as a bridge that connects the intricate world of Biology with everyday experiences, making it accessible and approachable to teachers and students who may not have a scientific background. As one participant eloquently stated biomaking’s power lies in its ability to demystify the field, removing the fear factor and empowering individuals to engage with it in a hands-on manner. This approach has the potential to unlock a new wave of change agents, eager to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

“As educators, we can encourage students to investigate new technologies for creating eco-conscious projects. #BiomakingGuide #BeatPlasticPollution — Alisha
Biolet: created and designed, using biomaking techniques to create fully sustainable and compostable fashion, by Woodlawn High School students. Showcased at the Brilliant Labs Nova Scotia Innovation Fair in Turo on May 25, 2023

Inspiring Confidence: Transforming Teachers and Students

The Biomaking Guide Book Launch showcased how biomaking instills confidence in both educators and students, encouraging them to step outside their comfort zones and explore the fascinating world of biotechnology. By offering tangible, practical experiences, biomaking empowers individuals to become active participants in scientific innovation. This newfound confidence equips them with the tools to become change agents who can shape a sustainable future.

“Since being introduced to #biomakingbyAlisha @brilliant_labs I have shared this knowledge with teachers, students, and my own family. It has changed the way many people look at what we use and what we throw away. #biomakingguide #beatplasticpollution — Krista
Brett O’Toole, #STEMNorth, North-West New Brunswick student, showcases SCOBY bioleather project at the New Brunswick Science Fair (Spring 2023). Biomaking projects like this are popping up everywhere since the Biomaking Guide was introduced by Alisha Collins, Brilliant Labs Author and Director of Creative Learning. The aim of the guide is to introduce youth to alternative materials and sustainable practices, encouraging them to reflect on the materials we use and how everyday products can be made sustainable and compostable.

Fostering a Passion for Science and Sustainability

By merging scientific knowledge with creative experimentation, biomaking cultivates a passion for both science and sustainability. Participants during the event expressed their enthusiasm for the way biomaking integrates these two vital domains. Through biomaking projects, students not only develop essential scientific skills but also develop a deep sense of responsibility towards the environment. This passion for science and sustainability can inspire future generations to actively seek innovative solutions and embrace their roles as change agents.

#Biomaking is empowering in that I think it takes a scientific world (Biology) & makes it very approachable & hands-on so that it’s not as scary for Teachers or Students who don’t have a background in it. This is powerful in developing change agents — Melissa
Students in St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador work to create and learn about alginate thread. The purpose of alginate thread is to provide a biodegradable and sustainable alternative to traditional threads in various applications, including textiles, medical sutures, and food packaging.

The Power of Change Agents!

Biomaking acts as a catalyst for nurturing change agents who are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a lasting impact. These change agents, emerging from diverse backgrounds and experiences, can initiate transformative shifts in society. Whether it is through designing eco-conscious projects, advocating for sustainable practices, or sparking meaningful conversations, biomaking empowers individuals to take ownership of their role as change agents and become catalysts for a better future.

“Raising money and posting memes are helpful, but fleeting. Using their own hands, day to day, to do good that they can see is important to creating a lifelong habit. #biomaking #biomakingByAlisha #BeatPlasticPollution #biomakingguide #Bio2023 #WorldEnvironmentDay @brilliant_labs — Ian
Sabrina exhibiting SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) a cellulose-based culture used in the production of fermented beverages such as kombucha and how the byproduct can be used to create leather-like products.

Looking Ahead and the Promise of Biomaking

As we reflect on the inspiring insights shared during the #BiomakingGuide Book Launch, it becomes clear that biomaking holds immense promise for shaping a sustainable world. By making the field of Biology approachable and hands-on, biomaking empowers teachers and students, regardless of their scientific background, to become change agents. As biomaking continues to gain momentum, we can envision a future where scientific innovation, sustainability, and active participation intertwine, creating a powerful force for positive change.

Through biomaking experiences, individuals from diverse backgrounds can become confident, passionate advocates for sustainability and innovation. As biomaking continues to inspire and engage educators and students, it paves the way for a future where change agents can shape a more sustainable world, one creative experiment at a time.

To delve deeper into the value of biomaking and gain invaluable insights from Alisha Collins, Director of Creative Learning and author of the Biomaking Guide, visit There, you’ll find all the information you need to get your hands on a copy of this fun practical guide to unlock the limitless possibilities of biomaking.

The Biomaking Guide By Allisha Collins is now available. To learn more and order visit #BiomakingByAlisha