Motorcycle helmets consist of fibre-reinforced synthetic material like glass fibres or carbon fibres to strengthen the product. However, a biological alternative is now available too: plant fibres from the production of carrot juice.
As part of a EU-wide research project, Scottish company Cellucomp Limited has now developed a method to obtain nanofibres from carrot waste, which could be used in the production of motorcycle helmets.
According to the research group, the fibres would be both cost-effective and biodegradable.
The use of carrot fibre in motorcycle helmets is still uncertain but Cellucomp is looking at other areas where the natural fibres could be of use too, like surfboards, special vehicles, luxury consumer goods, and various other products.