Almost ninety percent of cyclists don’t like to use helmets because of their bulkiness. Isis Shiffer, a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York City, set out to address this problem. So, here comes the EcoHelmet which is inexpensive folding helmet made from 100% recycled paper which can be purchased onsite and recycled when your ride ends. suppose you hire a bicycle from any renting shop, you can also purchase this EcoHelemet as you go and when your ride ends this EcoHelmet can be recycled into making other EcoHelmets.
It is constructed from the waterproof recycled paper in a radial honeycomb pattern and is tested to be as strong as the traditional polystyrene helmets.
“I was lucky enough to be studying at Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London for a semester, and was granted access to Imperial’s crash lab,” says Isis. “They had a European standard helmet crash setup that allowed me to gather enough data on the Ecohelmet’s proprietary honeycomb configuration to know it was viable and worth developing.”
As an international winner of the James Dyson Award 2016, Isis will be awarded $45,000 to further develop her invention.
EcoHelmet is designed to give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely in the city.