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Fun Facts About Hook and Loop Tape

Fun Facts about Hook and Loop Tape Velcro

Hook and loop tape is found on a variety of products around the world – from little kid’s shoes to cars – and so much more. Hook and loop tape serves so many amazing purposes, let’s take a few minutes and explore some fun and interesting facts about hook and loop tape.

  • Hook and loop tape was invented by Georges de Mestral in 1941, a Swiss engineer who found the design inspiration in nature, specifically from burdock burrs which attached to him and his dog on their daily walks. The timeline from inspiration to invention to patent was 14 years.
  • De Mestral tested a variety of materials before selecting another recent invention – nylon – for his creation.
  • Hook and loop was originally marketed as a “zipperless zipper.”
  • Hook and loop’s inventor, George de Mestral was posthumously inducted to the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • NASA is credited with the initial wave of popularity of hook and loop tape – the public took notice of the product’s extensive use in space in the 1960s. NASA first used hook and loop to fasten space suits as well as hold equipment in place in space.
  • Hook and loop fasteners were patented by De Mestral in 1955 as “velcro” a combination of the French words velour (velvet) and crochet (hook).
  • De Mestral’s patent expired in 1978, at which point his product became the property of what is today known as VELCRO® BVBA.
  • In the book, Why Didn’t I Think of That? Bizarre Origins of Ingenious Inventions We Couldn’t Live Without, authors Bob Golden and Allyn Freeman claim a 2-inch square of hook and loop can hold a person who weighs 175 pounds.
  • Hook and loop tape comes in a wide variety of styles, sizes, applications, and materials – from the classic nylon hook and loop to the woven steel wire version designed for extremely high temperatures.
  • In They All Laughed…From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions, author Ira “Science Friday” Flatow boasts a 5-inch square portion of hook and loop can support an entire ton.
  • Hook and loop made from polyester is impervious to moisture and sunlight, which do not degrade its strength or holding power, but polyester hook and loop has a short lifespan of only 3,500 or so pulls.
  • The classic hook and loop fastener made of nylon can’t handle the heat, moisture, or UV radiation, though in optimal conditions it has a lifespan of 10,000 or more openings and closings.
  • Hook and loop can be used in a virtually limitless number of applications – from a replacement for buttons, snaps, zippers, shoelaces, etc. to wall hangers. They are also used in many medical applications like bandages as well as in cars, airplanes, and, of course, space travel.

Check out our website for the many hook and loop varieties and lots of great ideas and applications. Whether you need lots or only a little, contact Feiner Supply for more information.

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