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OrthoLite aims for zero waste

The company has made significant investments to eliminate all waste.

Comfort footwear solutions provider OrthoLite, which has manufacturing facilities in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, has announced its intention to eliminate all waste. This follows what the company terms ‘significant investments’, including a production system that is said to reduce waste over and above the traditional standards of LEAN manufacturing. OrthoLite has also installed in-house wastewater processing at its plants and recycling facilities, and has started to ship its products in reusable boxes. In 2019, the company began to implement the ‘Higg Index’ auditing process, which measures energy/greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, wastewater/effluent production, air emissions, waste, and chemicals management, as well as social impact across the lifecycle of a product.

“This path is not the easy way forward, but it is most certainly the right one as we enter our next 25 years,” said OrthoLite chief executive Glenn Barrett. “And we look forward to affecting positive change faster by working with our global supply chain and brand partners to invest in and implement circular solutions.”

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This article was originally published on page 2 of the September 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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