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Foldable Paper Helmet Wins James Dyson Award

Keep your eyes peeled for the newest innovation in cycling. Of course, with most exercise or physical activity, the fun part is, at many times,

Keep your eyes peeled for the newest innovation in cycling. Of course, with most exercise or physical activity, the fun part is, at many times, the gear. For cyclists, especially those who ride the busy city streets for a morning commute, protective headgear is a must. Now, one designer has created a convenient and portable alternative to traditional head protection. Meet the paper, foldable helmet.

Pratt Insitute of Design graduate Isis Shiffer designed the EcoHelmet as an affordable and recyclable solution to big, clunky plastic helmets.

According to Tree Hugger, the helmet is made from recycled paper, and is constructed in a honeycomb pattern that distributes impact “from any direction as effectively as traditional polystyrene.”

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The helmet is also prepared to help you combat unexpected weather conditions. EcoHelmet coated in a biodegradable, water-resistant solution that works in the rain for up to three hours.

Shiffer won the James Dyson Award in 2016 for her design, and plans to make the helmets available for purchase at bike share vending machines sometime this year.

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This presents an amazing branding opportunity. Numerous bike share programs already have sponsorships (Citi Bank in New York and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia), the helmets provide another unique and eco-friendly branding option.

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