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The Kranium cardboard helmet will make it safer for bicyclists

Kranium cardboard bike helmet 1

As surprising as it sounds, a prototype bike helmet design made of cardboard has been picked up and is now available at bicycle shops in the UK.

Kranium cardboard bike helmet 2

The Kranium cardboard bicycle helmet, designed by Royal College of Art student Anirudha Surabhi, has been picked up German security devices manufacturer Abus and is now available as the Kranium AKS 1 helmet. The helmet’s honeycomb cardboard structure – dubbed “Dual Density Honey Comb Board,” or D2 is reportedly 15 percent lighter than similar foam-cored helmets, and – due to its ability to flex – is able to withstand three times as much impact energy as conventional helmets during a collision.

Inspired by the resiliance of the beak and head of a woodpecker, the original safety testing for this revolutionary helmet was done by safety testing laboratories such as Germany’s Technischer Überwachungs-Verein and Head Protection Evaluations, based in the UK. This deceptively simple safety device can stand up to repeated impacts. In testing, one of the helmets passed British safety standards after five impacts. Users of traditional helmets are advised to replace their helmets after even one impact.

Now for pre-order, this new bike helmet is priced at £79.99 (US$129).

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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