POC Launch The Myelin – Engineered to be Deconstructed
POC launches the Myelin, a brand-new and award-winning helmet that is focused on protecting our planet’s resources as well as cyclists. It’s a helmet focused on commuting and should be of interest to the vast majority of cyclists, especially those who wish to have a sustainable choice and to see what’s possible if we challenge the conventional way of doing things.
The Myelin is POC’s first helmet which has been constructed with 50% recycled material and where each component has been designed for recycling at the end of its life.
At first glance, it may look like a regular cycling helmet, but behind the Myelin’s clean look hides a host of advanced technology and design details, such as the innovative use of a fabric weave shell, no use of adhesives, and a design for deconstruction, which allows the helmet to be separated into individual pieces at the end of its life.
The Myelin is a helmet designed for all cyclists, especially with everyday use and commuting in mind. The ability to simply deconstruct the helmet is achieved thanks to an innovative design and construction.
Half of the materials used in the Myelin are recycled and are secured together with strategically placed fasteners adhesives and laminated materials. This allows for the separation of individual pieces of material at the end of the helmet’s life.
“We wanted to question the idea that safety and sustainability could not obviously co-exist in a helmet. As a protection company our first priority is the safety of riders, but we also place on ourselves an obligation to use our planet’s resources respectfully. So, we wanted to challenge the conventional way of creating a helmet, in particular by starting with recycled materials, how it is manufactured and how it can be deconstructed so as to allow for all the materials to be used again.
We are immensely proud of the Myelin as it points to a world where resource use and protection merge naturally and provide even more reasons to ride a bike, which will help us all contribute to better and healthier lives.” Claes Nellestam, Senior Designer, POC
Once these fasteners are cut the helmet deconstructs into its constituent parts. Importantly it has been designed for deconstruction by anyone, simply, with the use of tools available in most homes.
A perfect illustration of the novel approach to allowing the pieces to be separated individually is the new fit system, which is inspired by the snap-fit systems seen in baseball caps.
It allows riders to fine-tune the helmet fit very simply and as often as needed. In addition, the straps are made in a single piece that crosses the entire helmet to keep everything secure, instead of using anchors moulded in the EPS.
In developing the Myelin, POC has presented a view of what is possible. Creating products that can be designed with resource efficiency and durability in mind, inspiring all to see the potential ahead.
For more information head to the POC website.