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Innovative paper helmet wins James Dyson award

17 November 2016

EcoHelmet, from Isis Shiffer, is a foldable, recyclable and vendable helmet made from waterproof paper, designed for the bike sharing community.

EcoHelmet (Credit: Isis Shiffer)

EcoHelmet gives bike share users a helmet that can be purchased with the bike rental and thrown away after the ride. Its unique honeycomb pattern means it can be folded flat and requires no assembly to put it on. This also makes it ideal for placement in vending machines. Simply place it on your head, pull down the straps and clip it into place. The material is naturally stretchy so fits most head sizes.

The cell structure of the helmet distributes any impact evenly around the head as effectively as a traditional helment. Due to the radical nature of the cells, it will protect the wearer from harm should an accident happen. Its biodegradable coating makes it resistant to rain for up to three hours.

The bonus is its 100% recyclable. A special disposal container has been suggested, available at all bike rental stations, with the aim of turning all used helmets into new ones. The material cost is so minimal that the individual units could be sold for under $5.

The prototypes were taken to the crash lab at Imperial College, London for testing and they passed the European standards. 

The helmet design has since won a James Dyson award.


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