Foldable bicycle helmet from recycled plastic keeps you safe on the road

Depending on where you live and how the infrastructure is, cycling may not be the safest option for you. A helmet makes it a little safer, but is bulky and inconvenient to carry. LID Helmets created a foldable bicycle helmet you can easily fit into your bag, made from recycled plastic.

The helmet is lightweight, made from recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS), the main component for producing safety helmets. The manufacturing process is more costly this way, but it is more sustainable compared to using virgin materials. The polystyrene is initially used in packaging delicate auto parts by a US auto manufacturer. The packaging is then collected, compressed and reformulated into pellets, which can be expanded to the required density for making the helmets. The impact absorption properties of the recycled EPS match those of the primary market option.

The foldable bicycle helmet is made using a full-wrap in-mould process which combines the EPS inner core of the helmet (which absorbs impact) with the outer polycarbonate shell, available in various colours. The helmet contains air vents so you can keep your head cool. Once you’re done using it, the helmet can be folded in so it fits inside your bag, so you don’t have to carry it around.

The multi-piece design makes sure that the helmet adjusts itself to your head. The size is further adjustable with a 4-notch adjustment system and Velcro band, which allows for additional fit-tailoring.

Despite the foldable design, the helmets do not compromise on safety integrity, according to the company, having gone through extensive impact testing. The helmets have a safety certification for both Europe and North America, and it will be tested for the New Zealand and Australian market next year.

Photos: LID Helmets