Central Coast inventor designs unique grass-covered thongs

Posted by | December 21, 2016 | Community, Industry News, News


DO YOU want lush green lawn under your feet but just can’t be bothered watering and mowing your grass?

Then a local inventor might just have the remedy heading into summer.

Yashin Radhakrishnan, of Bensville, is an industrial designer by day, but moonlights as the owner of KUSA Flip Flops — a company that makes thongs covered in artificial grass.

The design screams Australian summer, and only deviates from real thing in that it doesn’t pierce your foot with bindiis.

“We were doing a project at work that was using AstroTurf and someone said, ‘We should carpet the whole office in this — it’d be awesome’,” Mr Radhakrishnan said.

“That idea led me to buy a pair of cheap thongs and glued some AstroTurf over the top.

“I was walking around at work and on public transport with them and people would stare at me and start talking to me — it was a real conversation starter.”

KUSA Flip Flops offer multiple designs and sizes, and could make a quirky gift heading into the Christmas season.

“We market to anyone who wants to stand out and be a bit different, but being comfortable as well,” he said.

“It’s about being where you’d rather be. You could leave a pair in the office and it’s like you’re walking around at home on your front lawn. It’s a great way to get out of your box.”

Mr Radhakrishnan sells his product internationally over the internet and has so far sold 40,000 pairs of thongs to customers as far away as the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan.


But he realises that the grass is greener on the Coast and hopes to find a local stockist for the thongs, which retail for $39.95.

“I always saw the market as being here — I never thought I’d sell them overseas,” he said.

“It’s designed for Aussies because we wear thongs all the time, so why not wear ones that are comfy like being out in nature.

“It’s taken off all over the world but it’d be great to see it get more local exposure.”

 Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-investor-designs-unique-grasscovered-thongs/news-story/15ad89a56015a167997d2573d24f6fc7

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