A new bike safety helmet made from paper has been invented.
28-year-old industrial designer Isis Shiffer was tired of lugging around her own helmet, so she designed the EcoHelmet.
The EcoHelmet is a unique foldable helmet designed to be purchased from a vending machine at a bikeshare station.
“You could buy a helmet for $5 or less, and when you’re done with the ride, you’d put it back in a recycle bin located at each station,” Shiffer said.
The eco-friendly bike helmet is made from cardstock paper and folds to the size of a banana.
While material that’s thinner than cardboard might not sound like a solid way to protect yourself while biking, it’s designed to do just that. It protects the head just as well as a regular polystyrene helmet.
The EcoHelmet features a honeycomb pattern that absorbs a hard blow and spreads impact evenly around the head. The paper is coated with a corn-based biodegradable wax that makes it waterproof.