U.S. brand OrthoLite is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022 after two consecutive years of record-breaking growth. 2021 was the best year in the company’s history despite Covid and supply chain issues, according to Glenn Barrett, OrthoLite’s founder and CEO.

Barrett, a veteran of the footwear industry, founded OrthoLite in 1997 when he introduced the world’s first open-cell foam PU insole with high comfort performance. His company was an early adopter of sustainable practices, prioritizing the use of recycled rubber, for example. To this day, every OrthoLite insole contains at least 5 percent recycled rubber, preventing more than 300 tons of rubber waste from ending up in landfills each year. The year 2022 is all about finding circular solutions for footwear, Barrett says. As part of its zero-waste initiative, the brand now offers two new sole technologies that elevate the total eco content of the insoles to 57 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

OrthoLite says it supplies insoles to more than 350 leading footwear brands worldwide, across all categories and is used in more than 500 million pairs of shoes each year. Barrett is optimistic about continuing to grow and become a leader in the industry. “Thanks to the tenacity and brilliance of our team, OrthoLite continues to overcome challenges through our continued collaboration and commitment to our brand partners,” Barrett said. “We see a better future for footwear, we will continue to innovate around both comfort and sustainability, and we’re honored to lead the way.”