Amherst, Massachusetts - OthoLite, a major supplier of open-cell foam insoles, has launched its first bio-based product line, Eco Series OrthoLite, the company said 4 June. OrthoLite has also opened a new factory dedicated to manufacturing the product.
OrthoLite Eco Series uses a bio-oil, from a non-food source, as a substitute for traditional fossil fuel-based raw materials. The company said the bio-oil will replace 20 percent of the petroleum traditionally used in urethane foams, making the formula part of a clean, renewable resource and reducing the company's carbon footprint.
According to OrthoLite, its open cell foams offer breathability, moisture transport and a patented anti-microbial formulation to fight fungus, bacteria and odour. The product is now available to footwear designers and manufacturers.
"OrthoLite Eco Series bio-based foam is safer for the environment than recycled foam and does not sacrifice the comfort or performance of the insole," said OrthoLite ceo Glen Barret. (RD)