Plogging: A Fun Activity For Earth Day And Every Day


Plogging is becoming popular worldwide (Credit: Ploga/Facebook)

Looking for a fun Earth Day activity? You may want to try plogging, or picking up litter while jogging. Odd as it may sound, the new "sport" is becoming extremely popular with runners worldwide, many of whom are posting images of themselves and friends holding bags of trash on social media.

Derived from the word jogging and "plocka upp," the Swedish phrase for pick up, plogging is the brainchild of Erik Alström. In 2016, after moving to Stockholm from a small ski community in northern Sweden, Alström became increasingly agitated at the amount of trash on the road during his daily bike ride to work.

Human pollution is harming marine and land animals (Credit: Protectallwildlife/Twitter)

Since picking up litter while on his bike was hard to do, Alström began incorporating the activity into his daily runs. "I was shocked by the amount of junk there was in nature," he said to "The same debris could remain in the road for several weeks without anyone picking it up, so I started picking it up. It felt good in my heart to clean up even a small place."

Other joggers soon joined Alström, and, by the end of 2016, the activity became so popular that official "plogging" events, with groups of runners enrolling, began sprouting up all across Sweden. As #plogging began trending on social media, the new "sport" started to spread beyond Sweden, first to other European countries and then worldwide.

The official online "Plogga" group now boasts members from over 40 countries, all the way from United States cities like Ohio to Thailand and Ecuador. Many school running clubs are also getting in on the action, posting photographs of themselves after going plogging together, or staging competitions that reward the runner with the heaviest trash bag.

Plogging is good for our planet and your body (Credit: Ploga/Facebook)

As it turns out, plogging is not just beneficial for the environment; it is also a more efficient way to exercise. According to Swedish fitness app Lifesun, an average person burns about 288 calories while plogging for half an hour. This is about 50 calories more than he/she would burn when just jogging. Additionally, the constant squatting to pick up litter increases the plogger's flexibility, while lugging around the increasingly heavy garbage bag(s) helps strengthen arm muscles.

This Earth Day, be sure to strap on your running shoes, grab a trash bag or two, and go plogging. Or better still, start a plogging team at school, or around your neighborhood, and make every day Earth Day! Most importantly, don't forget to let us know if you try this fun activity by adding your comments below.

Happy Plogging!

Resources: facebook/plogga,

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  • nashg1234
    nashg1234Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    Oh man I wish I can help too but how can I help
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        • meWednesday, June 26, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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            • lilianThursday, June 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm
              i love the becoming sport idea!
              • AlannaThursday, June 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm
                Love it.
                • UTuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:51 am
                  Sad 😢
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                    Sad 😢
                    • Unicorn 1279Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 6:28 am
                      I feel so bad for all of those animals and it is all of those people who are putting trash out side and if you put trash out side all you are doing is making the world full of trash and if you do not care you do not care if animals dieing the some people will not have food because the use animals as good and some people will not have pets and some animals are in the ocean and their mite be some sick animals that are sick and you are making them more sick and if you put one piece for n trash it is still to going to make at least one animal that gets sick and rember if you put trash out side all you are doing is making the world full of trash and you do not what to put trash all over the world because it will hurt animals so do not do it and if you do put trash in the world you will reget it and you will realize that you are doing the wrong thing so do not put trash out side.😍😀😂😋🤓😯 DO NOT DO IT.
                      • genius2009
                        genius2009Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:41 am
                        This is a great message. The world should know this.