Intended for bike shares and travel, the EcoHelmet is constructed from waterproofed recycled paper in a radial honeycomb pattern and folds flat for easy vending. It fits most head sizes and the inventor claims it absorbs impact as well as traditional polystyrene.
It’s also disposable with an expected short life, if put in a bag, or banged around on a bike rack. It’ll cost less than £10.00.
The inventor, Brooklyn-based Isis Shiffer, will use the money from Dyson—£30,000—to bring the concept to market and for certification. Folding helmets exist now, like the Pango, but not normally sold as they don’t meet standards. Isis told the BBC that a paper helmet is a “tough sell.” It isn’t the best looking design.
With backing and certification, I could see the helmet being used by bike shares and travelers. In the rainy parts of the world, such as Europe, the EcoHelmet is coated with a rain-resistant material that’ll last for a few hours!