20 Jun '11, 10pm

New bike helmet (made from cardboard?!) is not only durable, but recyclable

New bike helmet (made from cardboard?!) is not only durable, but recyclable

London design student Anirudha Rao has created a new bike helmet, made from corrugated cardboard, which he has found to be more durable and sustainable than typical bike helmets. Photo: Creative Commons, by Jef Poskanzer While bicycling may be an eco-friendly form of transportation, bike helmets aren’t very sustainable: They need to be thrown out after one accident and can’t be recycled. But London student Anirudha Rao has designed a new bike helmet that he hopes will not only make helmets more environmentally friendly, but also safer and more affordable. Typical helmets are made from polystyrene, which Rao says distributes impact over the rider’s head instead of absorbing it. These helmets only protect a cyclist’s head in 16 percent of all crashes, according to Rao. Rao uses corrugated cardboard to produce his new helmet, called the Kranium. Designed to allow movement and...

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Cardboard bike helmets are safer than plastic

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grist.org 16 Jun '11, 4pm

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