Plogging is a Swedish word that merges jogging and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp”, which means picking up. It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016, following increased concern about plastic pollution. It incorporates bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, and/or walking.  

For everything you need to know about plogging, please visit one or more of the following articles.

In Aotearoa 1https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/103907299/plogging-the-craze-thats-cleaning-up-kiwi-communities

In Aotearoa 2 and https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/105686132/why-we-all-win-when-someone-goes-plogging

In Australia – https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2018/feb/19/a-rubbish-way-to-get-fit-why-i-loved-going-plogging

In Sweden (where it all started) – https://swedesinthestates.com/plogga-new-trend-will-save-planet/

In the USA – https://www.tomsofmaine.com/good-matters/healthy-feeling/what-is-plogging-everything-you-need-to-know

In the UK – https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/training/motivation/a776063/plogging-the-new-running-craze-that-is-saving-the-planet/

Two local news stories published on Tuesday September 3rd, 2019, reveal the extent to which New Zealanders are currently living with litter and litterers located within their local community. It does not make for pleasant reading.

Stuff NZ “Littered takeout containers enough to fill 25 rugby fields, study finds” http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/115468928/littered-takeout-containers-enough-to-fill-25-rugby-fields-study-finds?cid=app-iPhone

NZ Herald “150 swimming pools of nappies: Why NZ’s not so clean and green” http://nzh.tw/12264344