What is “Plogging”?

So you may have heard Amy and I talking about “plogging”. We talked a bit more about this in Episode 18, but we have mentioned it enough in April that I thought I would define it a bit more and share some pictures. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up garbage. The word was coined in Sweden, and combines the Swedish words plokka upp which means to pick up and jogga which means to jog. This has kind of been a thing in Europe for quite a while and is gaining popularity in the United States. It is estimated that 2 million people participate in plogging each day in over 100 countries. The idea is simply to jog, and when you see garbage, pick it up. Obviously, there is the benefit of picking up garbage, and there is plenty of that around, but there is also another function. The stopping, bending, and picking up the garbage utilizes different muscle groups and acts as an interval to the jogging. Now you don’t have to be a runner to do this, you can be walking or hiking as well. Additionally, the idea is not to necessarily pause and clean up all the garbage in an area, but to stop, pick up some garbage, and then get back to moving. This works great if you have regular routes, because every time you do it, you make that route a little bit cleaner and make yourself feel a little bit better.

Their Plogging Treasure.

2 comments on “What is “Plogging”?

  1. CC says:

    Learned something new today, the word ‘plogging.’ What a fantastic idea! It’s a win/win for everyone.👍🏽

    1. Teresa says:

      Amy and I are loving our plogging too. Its a great feeling to get out and clean up. I am waiting right now for the rain to let up so I can drag my family down to the beach for a beach clean up. We may just end up having to get wet. Thanks so much for your comment and for listening.


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