Shoes are a huge burden on the environment, and as many as 300 million pairs end up in landfills every year. Salomon is on a path to help reduce that load by creating a recyclable running shoe that can be made into a ski boot. The largely thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shoe is made from two grades of the stuff from toe to heel. It’s also breathable and resilient, and if you’re wondering about support from the non-EVA sole, Salomon says it’s even better than the materials found in conventional running shoes, a huge claim. Once it’s at the end of its usable life, it can be ground down and mixed with new TPU and then injection molded to become a ski boot shell. This footwear reincarnation results in significantly reduced waste and pioneering repurposing. Salomon hopes this technology will become a part of their lineup as early as 2021.

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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