Your Next Bike Helmet Might be Foldable, Recyclable – and Made of Paper

Cyclists, say hello to the EcoHelmet, a foldable, recyclable bike helmet made of heavy card stock that recently won the 2016 James Dyson Award, an international design competition that celebrates innovative solutions to common problems.

EcoHelmet creator Isis Shiffer, a recent grad of the Pratt Institute of Design in Brooklyn, used a unique honeycomb pattern to give EcoHelmet the kind of protection any bicycle helmet needs. Digital Trends explains that the design’s “radial cell structure distributes any impact forces evenly around the head of the wearer as effectively as a traditional polystyrene helmet.”

As more cities offer bike sharing, there’s a need for helmets to become more portable. In 2014, another helmet was making news as the next big breakthrough in helmet technology. The BBC looked at the inspiration behind Anirudha Surabhi’s revolutionary bike helmet design and how paper allowed him to bring his dream of a safer helmet to life.