Is POC’s new Myelin the most sustainable helmet on the market?

A grey and green commuter helmet from the left side
(Image credit: POC)

Manufacturer recommendations vary when it comes to the lifespan of a helmet. Somewhere between three and five years is pretty standard for needing a replacement, assuming you don't drop or crash your lid during that time. There aren’t really any guides on how to dispose of them properly though, and given the multitude of materials involved in their construction, and the adhesives used, helmets are landfill fodder once they reach the end of their usable life.

POC has decided this isn’t a viable practice for the long term, and so has brought the new Myelin helmet to market, constructed from recycled and recyclable materials and with easy disassembly so it can actually be processed properly. Is this the sustainable future of helmet design?

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.