Renewable and Biodegradable Helmet Will Not Be Mass Produced
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The real significance of this beautifully shaped wooden bicycle helmet concept is the use of material. It’s not the first or only wooden bicycle helmet out on the market, but it’s first with shock absorbing foam that is mainly made out of wood.
The Swedish company Celltech was founded in 2012, with a mission of commercializing the innovations developed by the researchers at the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre and to promote the use of Swedish wood as a raw material.
For this helmet they teamed-up with designer Rasmus Malbert from the ‘Materialist’ studio and created a project for the bio-based future, a program financed by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation.
The helmet is constructed from different cellulose materials and the most interesting is the patented Cellufoam cushioning on the inside. This material is made out of Nano cellulose produced of wood pulp and is both renewable and biodegradable. The company wants to develop the technology for the use in construction, packaging and other areas. It also seems to be a perfect material for bicycle helmets.
The outer shell is made of wood veneer, while the straps are made of durable paper. For now the helmet will not be mass produced as it serves as a showcase for environmentally friendly products, a product that is now typically made of petroleum based materials.