The Eco Helmet: Folding Recyclable Helmet is a foldable paper helmet for cyclists that want to always feel safe no matter where they’re cycling.
Yes, you’ve read it right: this helmet is made out of recycled paper. Moreover, you’d be surprised to learn that this helmet is much tougher than you’d expect.
Cyclists rarely wear helmets, apart from those professionals you see during Tour De France and other such competitions, that is. If you’re riding your bicycle through the familiar city and know every bump by heart, the lack of a helmet is not that big of a deal.
It’s still inadvisable, but okay. On the other hand, when you’re traveling abroad and want to rent a bicycle for awhile, you enter a completely unknown terrain.
That’s why Ecohelmet was designed – to make you feel safe even when you ride through unknown territory full of vehicles, bumps, and people.
Although the helmet is made out of paper it does a very good job of absorbing blows from any direction. In fact, the tests conducted on this helmet show that it withstands blows as easily as styrofoam does.
The paper used in this helmet has been waterproofed and assembled in a honeycomb pattern. Due to the way the helmet folds and the stretchy material, you basically get a one-size-fits-all kind of helmet.
Ecohelmets are meant to be distributed at the same spots where you can rent a bicycle. But it would also be great to have such helmet resting in your backpack, in case you decide on a spontaneous bike-trip.
If you really want to stand out among other cyclists, don’t bother with attaching a pretty basket to the front of your bicycle. Just put a paper helmet on, that ought to earn you some attention (what kind of attention is a gamble in this case).