What is plogging?
Plogging, a combination of “plokka up” (Swedish for “pick up”) and “jogging”, is the new term used for picking up roadside trash as you exercise outdoors. It started as a Scandinavian clean-up movement spearheaded by a local environmentalist designed to help with Stockholm’s growing litter problem.
Plogging has gotten some traction in the U.S. People will carry a lightweight bag and fill it with trash seen along their exercise routes and either throw it away or recycle it when their workout is done.
“This is a nice way to help spruce up your city and neighborhood while getting in a workout,” says Dr. Thomas Murphy, a family medicine and sports medicine physician affiliated with Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Ill. “It’s also a good family activity to teach kids the importance of putting trash in the proper receptacles.”
If you are worried about germs, you can purchase a trash pick-up stick for less than $20.
The non-profit Keep America Beautiful encourages U.S. ploggers to upload photos to social media using the hashtags #plogging and #DoBeautifulThings.
About the Author
Kate Eller was a regional director of public affairs and marketing operations for Advocate Health Care. She enjoys road trips, dogs, minimalism, yoga, hiking, and “urban hiking.”