Th EcoHelmet has won the James Dyson Award for its simple approach to solving a big problem

The stats on bicycle helmets make it abundantly clear that they save lives and prevent head injuries. While it’s hard to argue with this data the number of individuals that don’t wear bike helmets, especially when riding bike-share bicycles in cities, is staggering. In an attempt to provide a solution for the problem, Isis Shiffer, a graduate of the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, has made the EcoHelmet, a recyclable collapsible helmet.

Named as this year’s winner of the James Dyson Award the Eco Helmet is made from layers of recycled paper woven into a honeycomb-shaped structure. The hemet effectively keeps its shape to protect cyclists’ heads when it’s being worn and collapses into a flat object once it is removed making it incredibly easy to carry around while not on a bike. Additionally, thanks to a biodegradable coating, the helmets can withstand rainy conditions for up to three hours.

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