Did you know that the surface of a lotus plant doesn’t allow for anything to stick to it? You can pour anything from oil to water on it and it will stay perfectly clean: this is known as the ‘Lotus Effect’. Inspired by this plant’s amazing ability to stay squeaky clean, engineers decided to mimic the microstructure of hydrophibic leaves to develop self-cleaning products.
This new material might not be particularly smooth to touch, but who cares, right? If it can be applied to everything from brand new white tennis shoes to dishes, it is an invention that could make life much easier and reduce the amount of waste that humans produce on a daily basis. Oh, and by the way, these dishes are tough enough that they won’t break when you drop them. Bonus.