OrthoLite reveals midsole with end-of-life solution
Open cell foam technology specialist OrthoLite’s new ‘Cirql’ is claimed to be the world’s first ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) plastics-free, recyclable and compostable midsole foam with an end-of-life solution. According to the company, it is ‘the critical solution needed to achieve true circularity within the footwear industry’. Marketed as ‘powered by plants’, Cirql is said to offer a pure foam alternative to conventional plastics and is made from responsibly-sourced plants and biodegradable materials.
The genetically modified organism-free, plant-based material utilised in Cirql is reportedly free from any ‘forever chemicals’ and is made through a zero-waste, chemical-free foaming process. OrthoLite states that Cirql can be industrially composted, making it the first soil-to-soil solution for footwear foam. Additionally, the company says that Cirql foam can be depolymerised and recycled for reuse. The new material also has a worldwide patent, and has reportedly been certified as meeting vegan and hypoallergenic requirements.
This article was originally published on page 40 of the March 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.