My evening as a Womble

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.

Rubbish collected whilst plogging

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?

6 thoughts on “My evening as a Womble

  1. Great idea! I’ll have to give it a try. Definitely will need the gloves though. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha yes! It was a bit apprehensive without them 😝

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  2. The amount of litter everywhere is unbelievable. I pick it up when I walk, but resent the fact I have to do so.

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    1. I know what you mean, it can be frustrating (and certainly unbelievable – how can you just leave that there..?!)

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  3. I wholeheartedly approve of this practice!

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