Helmet Head (A Recycling Rant)
A while back, I suggested that retailers implement what I called “point of purchase” recycling for consumer goods. The idea is this: retailers who sell recyclable products (and especially products like CFLs or rechargable batteries that contain hazardous materials) should provide in-store recycling opportunities for those products.
Recently, I found another opportunity where recycling needs to be improved: bicycle helmets.
Bicycle helmets need to be replaced regularly—and always after an accident. On the short side, Bell Helmets recommends every three years (and Outside Magazine recommends two to four years, depending on frequency and type of use). On the longer side, the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute doesn’t list any of their own recommendations, but notes Snell Foundation’s recommended five-year replacement interval. And though I’ve pictured Bontrager and Nutcase helmets, neither of their websites list any information about recommended replacement, except in case of a crash.
Now, I admit that…
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