Anirudha Surabhi’s brilliant cardboard Kranium helmet is the latest and greatest development in sustainable noggin-protecting technology. While cardboard might not sound like the material of choice to protect your head in a bicycle accident, the shell’s structure is able to absorb 4 times more collision force than a conventional polystyrene core! The lighter and stronger helmets can also be custom-fit to a wearer’s head, replacing the uncomfortable, poorly fitting helmets of the past.
This new design replaces the traditional polystyrene shell with a corrugated cardboard core that provides enhanced protection. In crash tests, the helmet even managed to pass British safety standards after 5 previous smashes. Polystyrene helmets break upon impact and incorporate petroleum-based materials, so the Kranium’s cardboard shell is a much more sustainable choice for bikers.
As if the Kranium helmet wasn’t cool enough, customers can get their head scanned to create a helmet custom-tailored to their individual specifications. This customized (and very snug) fit results in a more effective helmet that is able to better protect the wearer from collision injuries. Adverse weather was also taken into consideration, and the design is topped off with a “waterproof acrylic compound” that prevents the cardboard shell from getting wet. A couple of big-time manufacturers have already invested in this concept, and we can’t wait to see it hit store shelves.
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Even more sustainable? Don't buy/wear a helmet at all. It's not like cycling is particularly dangerous.
Excellent question... The information sources we used didn't mention that issue, but I'm assuming that there's some form of cushioning, or membrane that would prevent sweat from breaking down the cardboard structure.
What about sweat?