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Plogging with The Plastic Runner

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Published February 8th 2020
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By Funk Dooby from Kent, UK - FUNK9730, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74316607

It's trending on Instagram and politicians all over the world are getting in on the act. But this sport is still so new that if you ask someone if they're a plogger, you'll probably get a blank look.

Plogging, or jogging while picking up litter, was created by Erik Ahlstrom shortly after moving to Stockholm from a small town. His website Plogga (from the Swedish word plocka upp, or 'pick up') inspired people all around the world to begin plogging.

The Plastic Runner was created by Karin Traeger, an environmentalist and Chilean ultrarunner. TPR organising plogging events, where volunteers are given a bag and a vest and sent out on a run. In their first year, The Plastic Runner collected 850 kilograms of rubbish.

Plogging has many benefits. The environmental aspect is huge - since plogging began in 2016, tonnes of waste has been collected and thoughtfully disposed of. As a physical activity, there is evidence that the lunging and bending activities make it better than a regular run. And plogging meetups are a great way to make like-minded friends.

If you would like to join, upcoming events are listed on their calendar here.
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