Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

A group of Royal College of Art graduates has used the pulp from mulched newspapers to form helmets for London's cycle hire scheme (+ movie).

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas took discarded free newspapers strewn around the city's public transport system and used them to make paper mache.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

The pulp was mixed with adhesive and pigment then vacuum-formed into shape, before being heated to dry it out.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

Straps slot into grooves that criss-cross the top of the helmet, clipping together under the chin like the standard design.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

The surface inside the helmet is also bevelled so air can flow through and keep the head cool.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

Each helmet would cost around £1 and could be sold in a vending machine or nearby shops, offering low-cost safety equipment for London's Barclays "Boris Bike" cycle sharing scheme.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

Other Royal College of Art graduates presented a kit allowing musicians to control sound and lighting at their gigs and wooden shoes based on furniture and engineering at the school's show, which continues until 30 June.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

New York City recently launched its own bicycle sharing scheme, with 6000 bikes available across Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

We've also featured an inflatable helmet that fold away into a collar or scarf and a bollard with a foot rest and handle to help cyclists keep their balance at traffic lights.

Paper Pulp Helmet by Tom Gottelier Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas

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