Plogging – the new running craze that is saving the planet

We all know that running is a healthy pursuit – it’s something we proudly shout about whenever we can. Yet not only is it good for our bodies (yes, even the knees), thanks to ‘plogging’, a new eco-friendly running trend fresh out of Scandinavia, it’s proving to be good for the planet too.

In Sweden, environmentally conscious runners have taken to collecting plastic litter during their runs. The aerobically taxing and rubbish-collecting activity has been named “plogging” – a portmanteau of “jogging” and “plucking”.

Founded by Erik Ahlström, Stockholm-based group Plogga aims to use the city’s runners as a force for good. His team of ploggers pull on their disposable gloves, grab a bin bag, and scan the streets for litter along their route. Once the bag is full, it’s deposited in an appropriate recycle bin, cutting down on the amount of plastic making its way to the ocean.

Whilst "ploggers" have been running around Sweden for a couple of years, it seems the craze is now going global, with groups of ploggers joining forces in France, Edinburugh and all over the UK. 

In fact, environmentalist runners all over the world are joining the movement – just take a look at the hashtag #plogging and you’ll find photos from Thailand, Australia and Florida. The beauty is, if you want to join in, all you need is a rubbish bag, some gloves and the desire to clean up the planet.

To find plogging events near you, take a look at the Twitter account PloggingUK. What’s more, if the altruistic angle isn’t enough to make you consider grabbing a bin bag before your next run, just think about the core work you’ll sneak in bending down again and again to grab that stray plastic bottle.