The mycelium in the root part of the fungus, that is, under the ground, is an alternative option for the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable products and designs. Mycelium, which is a sustainable and economical option for textile products, can also be used in the production of bags that resemble leather in feel and appearance. Developed by NOS Design, which is known for its environmentally friendly and sustainable products, the cork helmet draws attention with its environmental and safety features.
The biodegradable helmet offers a more environmentally friendly option compared to other products in its field, with its sustainable and low cost. It also stands out for its durability. Due to the mycelium, the helmet absorbs some of the force in any collision, reducing the impact of the collision. Thanks to the sticky filamentous structure of the mycelium, which fills all the gaps, it becomes resistant to impact. The material’s resistance to heat and its breathable structure are among its prominent features.
“The GIY helmet for children comes up with the idea that it can be created with a kit which the child interacts with and following step by step and with the correct care will create a resistant mycelium helmet which can be used and then recycled without any impact as it is an organic material.” the website writes.
The GIY helmet, designed in collaboration with industrial product designer Diego Mata, is produced by a company called Polybion, which uses mycelium as the main material. According to Polybion’s statement, this compostable material can be mixed with nature within 30 days. Considering that developmental children need to change helmets frequently, the value of low-cost and environmentally friendly helmets becomes evident once again.
While increasing shared mobility systems with bicycles, electric motorcycles or electric scooters open up alternatives in transportation, the development of such designs that produce with ecological materials is also a good example in terms of supporting the diversification of alternatives instead of traditional options.