It’s trending. It’s thoughtful. It involves picking up litter while jogging.
Plogging started as an organized activity in Sweden in 2016. The word was coined by Erik Ahlstrom and it is a combination of ‘jogging’ and ‘plocka upp’ which is Swedish for pick up. Though the idea came forward in 2016, it was in 2018 that the term gained global popularity.
Many ploggers have gained popularity over the time. The most famous being a humor writer David Sedaris. The local authorities named a garbage truck after him in 2014. Such was his effectiveness in keeping his community clean through his habit of litter picking from roadsides.
Bending with the Trending
Today, the activity has become a trend with over 60,000 posts on instagram under #plogging and #plogga (the name by which it was initially known). Social media has been the main inspiration for many ploggers to join the cause. While they scroll through the feed and watch fellow men contributing to make the environment more aesthetic and healthy, people get inspired to donate some time to the health of themselves and the environment.
Another inspiration adds to the ploggers’ community. Coming across ploggers picking up litter while exercising inspires everyone to join in for the sake of the environment which we all share.
Plogging has become a global activity, and that includes India too. A group named “Ploggers of India” has taken up the initiative to make India a country of ploggers.
Ploggers of India
Healthy for you, healthy for earth
While it is a responsible activity for the environment, it is also a responsible activity for your body. It is an innovative way to improve your health. It is a step ahead of traditional cardio as it involves twisting, bending, stooping, squatting, stretching and lunging while picking up litter. One might need to bend to pick up a wrapper. Or stretch to pick up an unreachable can beyond rails or in the bushes. Some ploggers like to squat while picking up trash.
While some throw the litter in the nearest dustbins, others prefer to carry them all the way through their run back home. According to them, it provides exercise for the muscles of arms.
The hardest move for the ploggers is to leave trash behind. As the activity is a 50-50 combination of two things, it cannot contain just picking up all the trash from one place. You have to jog also!
Plogging is not just limited to runners anymore. With all sorts of people joining and innovating this trend – cyclists and hikers along with traditional runners have also joined in.
Loot from the Treasure Hunt
Some ploggers describe plogging as a sort of treasure hunt. Most common things that they pick up include plastic bottles, cans, wrappers, straws, plastic and paper cups. Some even find money! But some come across queer things like syringes, love nets, underwear and baby diapers.
But don’t let this discourage you in any way! It is your call to limit what you pick. There are no ground rules.
Look what we found-
Ready? Get Set. Go!
All you need is the willingness to do it and your hands. Just pick up a bag that has been abandoned in the act of littering, and start running! Initially, you could start individually. Or you could find a group in your area through the means of social media. Whatever suits you the best!
You could carry gloves and a hand-sanitizer if you are already thinking about all those germs.
After you have had your run and look back at the track, nothing will beat the satisfaction you get when you leave a cleaner city behind. Posting the pictures of your loot on social media and feeling proud, would keep you running without ever getting tired.
Happy Plogging. Happy Collecting!
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