One of the goals of this blog is to encourage the responsible use and disposal of the goods we sell. Everybody has a hand in reducing waste, in encouraging recycling, and in innovating when it comes to reusing and re-purposing single-use items. With that in mind, we are always open to promoting cleaner, greener ideas and trends. Trends like the one that is becoming so popular in Sweden and beyond, which is known for its innovation and progressive take on life. We are talking about ‘Plogging’. What is plogging? A new Ikea accessory or cooking technique? Read on to discover the answer.
Plogging, in short, is picking up litter while jogging. The word itself comes from the Swedish words for ‘pick up’–plotcka upp–and mixed with the English verb-suffix ‘ing’, creating ‘plogging’. The trend, which is spreading throughout mainland Europe, and is especially taking off in the trash-ridden cities of the United States, was born of the frustration of joggers in Sweden who were tired of seeing trash along their running routes. They began to take trash bags along with them, emptying them in public bins as they filled up. Thus, plogging was born.
“I am not going to let litter sit there,” one plogger told the Washington Post, which recently ran a story on the trend, “I am not going to just walk past that plastic bottle.” As expected, people are reckless when tossing out plastic bottles, but other common culprits include cigarette butts, foam containers from take-out food, and of all things, diapers.
So popular is the trend in Sweden, that a technology company had even developed an app specifically to track calories burned while plogging, which on average will burn 10 percent more calories than jogging as an activity. In America, the Keep America Beautiful organization has taken up the plogging cause, and is actively promoting it among its members. And runners need not convert fulley to the plogging lifestyle to help. Even if they make one of their runs a week a plogging run, it makes a difference.
At All In Packaging, we sell quality containers, that include plastic bottles and caps. Because it is everybody’s responsibility to actively promote the responsible disposal of waste, from plastics to paper and foam, we invite the runners amongst our readers to give plogging a try. And if you have further innovative ideas for the recycling, re-purposing, or responsible disposal of our containers or other goods, please let us know. Until then, happy plogging.