Plogging

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A woman bending to pick up litter while a man jogs alongside with a garbage bag at a plogging event in Kent, England

Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking.[1][2][3]

Author David Sedaris combines litter picking with exercise in the Parham, Coldwaltham and Storrington districts of West Sussex, taking up to 60,000 steps a day in pursuit of local rubbish.[4] He was so effective in keeping his neighbourhood clean that the local authority named a waste vehicle in his honour.[5] The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, said "The sign on this truck is a very fitting way to say a huge ‘thank you’ to David for his tireless efforts ... he is a real local hero."[6]

Erik Ahlström started plogging in the Swedish capital city, Stockholm, when he moved there from the Åre ski resort. He created the website Plogga to organise the activity and encourage volunteers.[7]

The Keep America Beautiful organisation is now promoting plogging to its affiliates and has found that some already combined exercise with clean up, such as the Trashercize program in Tennessee.[8] In New York, a Meetup group, Plogging NYC, had about 100 members in 2018, with events in four boroughs.[9] In Indianapolis in 2018, a Summer of Plogging was organised by the November Project and the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frymorgen, Tomasz (January 30, 2018). "Plogging is the latest Scandinavian lifestyle trend to rock your world". BBC. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Ross, Peter (February 19, 2018). "A rubbish way to get fit – why I loved going 'plogging'". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Morrissy-Swan, Tomé (February 1, 2018). "Is 'plogging' the most 2018 fitness trend yet?". The Telegraph. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Lytton, Charlotte (February 6, 2018). "Plogging: the fitness trend with a social conscience". The Age. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Dowling, Tim (July 31, 2014). "David Sedaris? Who? Oh, you mean the local litter-picker". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "South Downs litter picker has truck named after him". West Sussex Gazette. July 28, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Noe, Rain (February 2, 2018). "New Swedish Fitness Trend, "Plogging," Combines Jogging with Picking Up Litter". Core77. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Klein, Allison (February 23, 2018). "'Plogging' is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It's making its way to the U.S." The Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Marx, Patricia (August 20, 2018). "Saving the Planet and Your Glutes". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Smith, Rachel (July 15, 2018). "Plogging? You know, when you jog and pick up litter at the same time". IndyStar. Retrieved November 11, 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Plogga – a Swedish plogging website
  • Plog It – a networking & meet-up platform for Plogging and Photo-Blogging the impact created
  • Go Plogging – organises plogging meet ups in London, Paris and Miami