Article By Alexis Leonard
Welcome to Earth Month with Footprint Foundation!
This month we will give ideas on how to invest in our planet and celebrate Earth Day Every Day!
Today we are introducing you to…..
WHAT IS PLOGGING?
One of the easiest ways to make a difference in your community is to plog. The term “plogging” originated from the English phrase “jogging” and “plocka upp,” a Swedish phrase that means “picking up.” Plogging is the combination of jogging, walking or running and picking up plastic trash.
It does not matter whether you plog for 15 minutes while taking your dog for a quick walk, or for a two-mile jog, or while running a 5k race. The main purpose of plogging is to do some sort of physical exercise while helping to pick up litter, including plastic. By plogging, you help prevent trash from ending up in your lakes and rivers, polluting your water supply, and eventually ending up in our oceans.
You can plog alone, in groups, or even on your quick walk around campus, your town, or on your way to grab a coffee. Picking up a few pieces of plastic trash is better than picking up none!
All you need is comfortable shoes, a trash bag, and gloves. It is a cost-efficient way to propel environmental activism and it is something that you can start today.
Plogging also has physical benefits, since it adds variation to a run and burns more calories. As noted in the Washington Post, “the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, which earlier this month made it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone.” Plogging can help bring a new routine to a daily workout and allows runners to take breaks while running.
BENEFITS OF PLOGGING
- It gives you the chance to take care of nature and reinforce your environmental awareness.
- Combats plastic pollution by preventing litter from ending up in oceans and killing our marine life.
- Saves wildlife. When we litter, our wildlife suffers.
- It increases our energy and physical ability by improving the body’s oxygenation.
- It increases bone density and reduces the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis.
TIPS TO BEGIN PLOGGING
- Set Designated Plogging Routes: Find heavily littered areas to begin plogging.
- Gather Plogging Gear: Bring trash bags, gloves, comfortable walking shoes and clothing, and hand sanitizer.
- Notice Your Surroundings: Choose a safe plogging path and be aware of your surroundings and what trash you are picking up.
Document Your Plogging: Document your hard work via social media or share your plogging with friends and family to inspire them to plog!
LEARN MORE ABOUT PLOGGERS
Alexandra is a plogger from the Canary Islands who spent a whole year plogging and picking up trash every single day. She documents her plogging via her social media accounts @re.buscando on Instagram and Tik Tok.
Paul Waye is a runner who has been plogging for the past 11 years. He ran 454 kilometers and picked up 336 kilograms throughout February. He posts his plogging journey on his Instagram account, @wayeoflife.