Environmentally friendly wooden bike helmet created by Swedish scientists

Helmet uses a new material called Cellufoam which claims to offer the same protection as standard helmets

Wood you wear this helmet? Well, according to Swedish scientists you should certainly consider it, with the wooden design not only providing a similar level of protection to that offered by traditional expanded polystyrene helmets, but also being biodegradeable and made entirely from renewable materials.

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The main thing to explan is that this isn't just a clog for your head. Beneath the veneer on the outside is a material called Cellufoam, which takes wood cellulose nanofibres and mixes them with water and air to create a material that has similar protective properties to expanded polystyrene.

Completing the helmet are the straps, which are made from extra strong paper, meaning that the helmet can be entirely sourced from Sweden's ample forests.

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Speaking to phys.org (opens in new tab), Lars Wågberg, a professor in Fibre Technology at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology who created the helmet, said that Cellufoam could have uses far beyond bicycle helmets, such as for flame retardant and antibacterial materials.

This is far from the first innovative helmet that we've seen in recent months, after the Headkayse helmet which claimed to be the world's first helmet that could stand up to multiple impacts, and the Bollé One helmet, which could be turned into a mountain bike helmet, road helmet, or aero helmet.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.