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London-based green tech start-up, Uplift360, is making strides in sustainability for defense items, specifically end-of-life body armor.

September 7, 2023

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London-based green tech start-up, Uplift360, is making strides in sustainability for defense items, specifically end-of-life body armor.

Uplift360’s breakthrough has received almost £500,000 in funding from the Defense of Security Accelerator, which is a part of the Ministry of Defense that supports UK defense innovation. The process will help end-of-life body armor fibers, reduce emissions, and save money, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.

 “The process designed by Uplift360 is a really good example of how new and 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,” said Minister of State for Defense, Baroness Goldie.

The recycling process by Uplift360 breaks down body armor fibers while preserving its strength, which allows the fibers to be reintroduced into the supply chain. The recycled fibers can then be used for other various defense items such as airplanes, ropes, tires, heat-resistant clothing, and more.

Prior to this process, body armor was instead incinerated, destroying valuable fibers including Kevlar, which is 85 times more expensive than steel.

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