A British green tech company has developed a method to repurpose old military body armor, strengthening it to support further missions.
According to the UK Ministry of Defence, decommissioned body armor is often incinerated, losing valuable fibers.
But with Uplift360’s innovative recycling system, worn-out fibers — commercially known as Kevlar — can be preserved for reuse.
The process reduces carbon emissions and saves money.
“Kevlar is estimated to be 85 times more expensive than steel, so reusing this material brings benefits for both the environment and spending,” the ministry stated.
When the fibers are recycled, they can be reintroduced back into the supply chain and be used in defense items such as airplanes, ground vehicles, heat-resistant clothing, ropes, and tires.
Uplift360 CEO Jamie Meighan said the recycling system reflects the company’s and the UK’s commitment to achieving a sustainable future in defense while maintaining resiliency.
He also thanked the country’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) for being instrumental in developing the “groundbreaking technology.”
“As a veteran/spouse start-up, it was very important from the outset to find funding, mentors, and support that understood us as a business, saw the potential of our technology and believed in it,” Meighan stressed.
Meanwhile, UK Minister of State for Defence Baroness Goldie lauded the sustainable system, describing it as an excellent example of how intelligent thinking can transform old practices in defense.
“Their innovative approach could reduce wastage, save money and secure supply without compromising on high quality kit for our armed forces,” she explained.
Uplift360’s recycling efforts have received a budget of nearly 500,000 pounds ($632,200) from DASA.