mexico-city based design studio NOS has collaborated with BioFab company POLYBION in grow it yourself, the first bio-fabricated bike helmet in the world. made of hay and mycelium — a fungus that performs like a foam — the helmet offers protection from impact while being 100% compostable.
images by NOS
sometimes referred as the plastic of the future, mycelium is technically a kind of mushroom. it is made of underground wires which create a network that can grow endlessly. by giving it a defined structure to grow, mycelium is able to form a strong material that could replace not only plastic but textiles, wood and cement among others. it is also breathable and fire-retardant, adding to its impressive characteristics.
first envisioned for kids, the grow it yourself helmet by NOS can also be used by adults as it will continue to grow on you. when used by children, the helmet aims to create a dialogue on sustainability, the impact of everyday life activities, and the products we consume. and if it breaks, no problem, you can always compost it and grow a new one.
‘getting kids involved in the making of products they use is a great way to connect and give them a rewarding experience once they finished,’ NOS comments. ‘using organic materials that they can see grow is a better way to teach them about the importance of sustainability.’
name: grow your own
in collaboration with: POLYBION
type: mycelium helmet
juliana neira I designboom
jan 21, 2021