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.