Big “Thank you” to Tirachard Kumtanom for the wonderful feature photo!

What do you get when you cross jogging and activism? It sounds like a strange setup to what would be an awful joke but I assure you, this is no laughing matter. The Swedish born “Plogging” combines jogging and activism in a simple and environmentally friendly way. The word itself is a mixture of jogging and plucking and “Plogging” is as simple as it sounds.

The next time you find yourself going out for a jog, just bring along a garbage bag and keep your eyes peeled for a bit of rubbish left behind by some careless citizen. I learned in my first week of Plogging just how much waste is left behind to infest our streets, our yards and generally muck up our neighborhoods.

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Photo by Emmet from Pexels

Our friends over at earthday.org have put together a rather horrifying factsheet regarding the environmental impact of plastic litter on the environment. One of the more startling facts is that there are five massive patches of plastic waste around the world that cover enormous areas of our ocean. There is one between California and Hawaii that is estimated to be the size of the state of Texas. As a Texas Native, the thought of a plastic landmass that would take about 12 hours to drive across is deeply disturbing. And that’s just talking about plastic!

While this trend started out in Sweden it is spreading across the globe. A quick Instagram search of #plogging will yield thousands of happy ploggers getting their cardio in while saving the earth.

Not only will you get the benefits of cardio, which include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Stronger Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
  • Reduced Stress
  • Reduced effects of Mental Illness
  • Better sleep.

To name a few.

You’ll also get to go to sleep at night knowing this little guy won’t have to eat trash or grow his shell around a plastic six-pack soda ring.

animal-close-up-ocean-68744Mr. T (for Turtle) pities the fool who lets trash get into the ocean!

So what are you waiting for? Strap on some running shoes, grab a garbage bag and go save the world… one piece of litter at a time!