Spiralling populations across the globe are causing serious issues in large cities. Limited space means a rise in vehicle congestion, pollution and a strain on public transport systems. Additionally, disease stemming from obesity is rapidly catching tobacco-use as the Number 1 cause of preventable death. Besides walking, cycling is the most cost-effective and effective offset to these serious issues.
We want to be at the centre of facilitating more people to cycle in cities, therefore, we have chose to manufacture our helmets from recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) - the main components in helmets.
Although this is more expensive to manufacture, working towards a sustainable future is an ethos at the core of the LID brand.
We spent a lot of time researching and finding the right suppliers and manufacturers. After consulting with a University with a globally-leading sports engineering department, we were introduced to our manufacturer, which produces helmets for almost all of the top helmet brands in the world across bicycle, ski / snowboard, motorcycle and equestrian.
We use a full-wrap in-mold process which combines the EPS inner core of the helmet (which absorbs impact) with the outer polycarbonate shell. This produces the highest quality of finishes.
Rather than filling the world’s landfills further, we are working with a leading auto manufacturer in the USA to collect their packaging materials used in transporting delicate auto parts. The polystyrene is compressed and reformulated into pellets that can be expanded to the desired density, creating EPS. This eco-friendly EPS has been strenuously tested against virgin EPS and delivers the same level of safety required by testing standards.