Paper helmets could be protecting the heads of cyclists in under 12 months according to one of their inventors, Thomas Gottelier.

Paper Pulp Helmets are a type of cheap, disposable bicycle helmet made entirely from recycled newspaper. Designed by former Royal College of Art (RCA) students Thomas Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Edward Thomas, the helmets could cost as little as £1 and are 2-3 mm thick.

The helmets are "safe, biodegradable, recyclable and waterproof," Gottelier told Wired.co.uk. 

Photo Credit: A model demonstrating the look of the paper helmet in London. Paper Pulp Helmet