In 2016, an organized activity called “Plogga” took place in Sweden and quickly spread worldwide. Plogging is the act of jogging and picking up trash along your path, it combines the Swedish words plocka upp (pick up) and jogga (jog).
Plogging encourages a full body workout while keeping your community clean. It’s great for you and for the environment. With over 3 million participants worldwide, plogging is a great activity that encourages us to be responsible with our litter and inspires others to do the same.
8 Tips You Should Know About Plogging
1) Pick a location/trail and start by carrying a small trash bag.
2) Bring gloves and use discretion on what you pick up, your safety comes first!
3) Identify bins on your path and empty your trash bag along the way.
4) If you don’t want to run or jog, you can still enjoy this activity by walking.
Approximately 150 million Americans get their exercise by walking, running, and jogging outdoors. Imagine the difference we can make if just 5% percent of this group organize or join a plogga to cleanup and protect the numerous designated trails and urban paths that improve the quality of our communities and our access to wild places.Plogging.org
5) Encourage your friends and family to join you.
6) If you don’t have company, visit Plogging.org to join an event near you.
7) Every bit helps, no matter how small your trash bag is or how often you go plogging.
8) Share your success on social media using #plogging to encourage others to join you.
Some Inspirational Stories
• Melanie Knight, a marine biologist and longtime runner from Vancouver tells CBC, “It just seemed like the perfect combination of kind of making a small change while doing something I’m already doing on a daily basis.“
• Daniel Fuller, a trainer from Ontario launched a Facebook group that attracted around 300 members. He tells CBC, “Getting groups to come out, get a good workout in with me and clean up the community a little bit, might help other people just to come out and enjoy the fun… It’s a win-win in my book.”
• David Sedaris, an author and comedian, often cleans the streets near his West Sussex home. He shared on social media that he’s up to 60,000 steps a day. He’s made such an impact that the local authority named a waste vehicle in his honour.
If you enjoy hiking or running, why not give plogging a try? By joining the challenge weekly or monthly, you can make a positive impact on your community’s trails and the environment. What are your thoughts on plogging? Is it an activity that you’ll be participating in? I’d love to hear your thoughts. For more eco-friendly related posts, visit my tag here.