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.
Velcro®, could be spun in any required thickness, would not rot, mold or naturally
degrade. As a bonus, it was relatively inexpensive.