Foldable Paper Cycling Helmet wins Award!

Though Bike-share stations are becoming more popular around the world almost no one who rents a bike for an hour or the day wears a helmet. Isis Shiffer, a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York City, set out to address this problem. Her solution: EcoHelmet, a folding, recyclable helmet for bike share users.

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Isis Shiffer made the EcoHelmet from layers of recycled paper woven into a honeycomb-shaped structure. The EcoHelmet is a recyclable and collapsible helmet that could one day be at bike-share stations in cities across the world.

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The EcoHelmet was this year’s winner of the James Dyson Award. As international winner of the James Dyson Award 2016, Isis will be awarded $45,000 to further develop her invention.

To test the EcoHelmet, Isis took it to a crash lab at Imperial College London, where it passed the European safety standards. The helmet passed testing and is a viable concept and worth developing.

Isis is hoping to sell the EcoHelmet for $5 dollars, making it an affordable solution for people using bike-share stations.

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“EcoHelmet solves an obvious problem in an incredibly elegant way. But its simplicity belies an impressive amount of research and development. I look forward to seeing EcoHelmets used in bike shares across the world.” said James Dyson.

Watch this video of Isis Shiffer talking about her innovative helmet.

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