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    How Santa Uses Hook and Loop For Christmas (Probably)

    Santa Claus probably has plenty of uses for hook and loop. With Christmas here, we wanted to investigate how Santa might use some of our products to help him on his midnight run. Whether it’s on his suit, his sack of toys, or his sleigh, Santa has plenty of uses for the sturdy and convenient fasteners.

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    What is Hook & Loop?

    Hook and loop is a product better known by the term VELCRO®. VELCRO® is actually the name of the company that first designed and created these fasteners. The product name is hook and loop, and it has an interesting history.

    George de Mestral developed the idea in the 1940s. After a hunting trip, he studied the burrs that stuck to his clothing and noticed tiny hooks that latched onto the loops in fabric and other surfaces. De Mestral imagined making a fastener from two pieces of material, using hooks on one piece and loops on another.

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    Funny and Strange Uses for Hook and Loop Fasteners

    Hook and loop fasteners have been around for more than 60 years -- plenty of time for people to discover strange new uses for them. They are used in everyday applications, such as shoes and diapers, to more exotic uses like Aerospace applications. Astronauts dealing with zero gravity use Velcro® for everything from keeping their personal hygiene products in place in storage bags to fastening pieces to a chess board during leisurely time in space.

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    Hook-and-Loop Fasteners in Sports

    Hook-and-loop closures have become an integral part of sports. Whether they ensure the proper fit of protective gear or improve the effectiveness of training equipment, these fasteners make many sports safer. Athletes, trainers, coaches and players use hook and loop. Physical education teachers use them in schools. The ability to adjust tightness and length makes them useful in a variety of sports.

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    Off to College? Velcro® Brand Fasteners Can Help

    Heading off to college means you are about to face some significant changes in your life. As you adjust to life away from home and the pressures of classes, homework and meeting new friends, it's important to feel comfortable in your dorm. Velcro® brand hook and loop can help you do that with a few dorm room hacks.

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    Unknown Facts About VELCRO ® Brand Products

    There is a misconception about what the VELCRO ® brand is exactly. Is it the name of the company or the product? Did NASA invent VELCRO ® brand hook and loop? And if not, where did such a remarkable product come from? There are a lot of different questions that pop up when it comes to the clever and ingenious material. Here's a little bit on the history of VELCRO® Brand, as well as a few VELCRO® Brand facts you may not have known about the hook and loop product.

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    Staying in the Loop: Oculus Touch, Murphy Beds and More

    Hook and loop is used in so many applications, it’s difficult to know where to start. After all, it’s not just shoes and wallets that use these practical fasteners. We’re highlighting some interesting applications that we come across, including new business ventures, technology, and DIY stuff, among others.

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    There’s No Such Thing as a Velcro Strap

    “Velcro” is actually a brand, not a product! The product is called hook and loop fasteners and we manufacture hundreds of thousands of straps annually with hook and loop. We make these straps with our DuraGrip Brand hook and loop as well as with VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fasteners. So technically, the proper way to describe “Velcro straps” would be “Hook and Loop Straps made with VELCRO® Brand Fasteners”. Now lets strap in.

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    Uses of Hook and Loop as an Educational Tool

    Hook-and-loop material has a great range of practical and creative applications. Using hook-and-loop in the classroom creates possibilities for different types of learning for all ages, from arts and crafts to visual aids.

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    Velcro® brand Fasteners and NASA

     

    Velcro® Brand fasteners have been a commonplace fastening solution since the 1980s, but the invention of Velcro® Brand dates back to the 50s, and it is credited with holding together everything from toupees to Space Shuttles.

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