7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature

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Cyclus

Though they aren't closely related, pangolins look a lot like armadillos and anteaters. With their rounded, scaly back and appetite for ants and termites, you can almost see the family resemblance.

A Colombian company called Cyprus, which makes handbags and backpacks out of recycled tires, modeled a series after the little mammal.

The containers feature layers that resemble a pangolin's outer shell.