Iceland Wants to Turn Your Quarantine Sweatpants into Hiking Boots

Iceland Wants to Turn Your Quarantine Sweatpants into Hiking Boots

After more than a year of lockdowns and travel bans, we’re all looking for an adventure—and wondering what to do with the sweatpants we’ve been wearing for months. Iceland’s travel bureau is answering both problems with one unusual solution. Visit the land of fire and ice this July, and you can drop off your quarantine sweatpants for upcycling into what the tourism board describes as a custom9zed, vegan, and sustainably-made hiking boot. They look pretty good, too: The campaign website promises cuffs that will “keep your ankles warm and emotionally supported,” trail-ready outsoles, and a water-resistant upper body perfect for Iceland’s rainy climate and abundant waterfalls.

While the boots are free, they’re limited in quantity, and only available to visitors landing in Iceland in July 2021. If you’re expecting a fully custom pair, you may also be disappointed, as visitors’ sweatpants will only be used for the ankle cuff of the boots.

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