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CircHelmet – Circular business opportunities for ski helmets

What are the opportunities to extend the life of ski helmets and contribute to increased circular flows? This project explores circular opportunities and their economic and environmental benefits for helmets used for rental.

In Sweden, around 60,000 ski helmets are sold each year, a large proportion of which are used by ski resorts for hire and then sent to landfill or incineration. However, the sports industry, and especially rental-based businesses, are well placed to capitalise on the opportunities of circular business models as they have smooth, defined and easily accessible product flows. By taking a holistic approach to business models, product design, digital condition assessments, material circulation and rental processes, the project intends to investigate the possibilities for more circular flows of ski helmets. 

The first part of the project focuses on investigating opportunities to support circular flows by determining the condition of used helmets through digital condition assessments or by recycling helmets. The second part of the project examines the current helmet rental at Skistar's facilities and explores opportunities to increase the lifespan and utilisation rate of helmets and contribute to increased circular flows. A test to determine the impact of a ski helmet designed to facilitate maintenance and repair will be conducted together with helmet supplier Disentis. In addition, the project will also explore how a concept helmet can be designed to further increase longevity and contribute to circular flows through changing business models and rental processes. 

The project is expected to increase knowledge of the economic and environmental benefits of different circular opportunities, and provide examples of how helmets can be designed for extended lifetime, circular flows and circular business models.


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Region Jämtland Härjedalen, Västra Götaland Region

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Project manager

Project start


46 months


Skistar AB, Disentis AB


The Swedish Energy Agency

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
Matilda Leivas

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Matilda Leivas

Innovations- och processledare

+46 10 228 44 56

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