I recently read about a new activity called plogging. As with most awesome things (ABBA, IKEA…) it originated in Sweden and is an amalgamation of ‘jogging’ and ‘litter picking’. The idea is that you set out for a run or walk and collect the rubbish that you see along the way.
Dismayed as I am about the sheer amount of litter I sometimes see whilst out running or walking, I decided that it was my time to make like a Womble and plog.
I wasn’t too well organised (the idea hit me mid-run – as most good ideas do!) so I didn’t have gloves or a bin bag with me. Instead, I collected as much rubbish as I could hold and dumped it in the nearest bin when my hands got full.
I know that my activity was only a small gesture, but it felt surprisingly satisfying. I thought how great it would be if everyone ‘donated’ one of their runs, or walks every week (or month, whatever) to plogging. Many small gestures like this, could build up to a whole load of plastic and other waste not being on our streets and beaches, or washed into our rivers and seas.
All you need is a bag, a pair of gloves and your favourite means of on-foot transportation. Why not give it a go?