Cockleburs on Your Tennies
A Swiss engineer named George de Maestral was impressed with the way that cockleburs
- a type of vegetation - would use thousands of tiny hooks to cling to anything
with which they came into contact. He devised a product, using nylon, that replicated
this natural phenomenon. The result,
Velcro®, could be spun in any required thickness, would not rot, mold or naturally
degrade. As a bonus, it was relatively inexpensive.