Plogging, a not so new radical idea. We celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Prolink by logging in! This year, we are teaming up with Outdoor Prolink to give away two National Parks Passes to reward plow actions.
HOW TO COME WITH:
– Post a picture of your trash on your Instagram feed or story
– Use the hashtag: #AdventureTrash
– For more contributions, take your friends in the comments to our official post (published every Friday)
– Join between April 8 – April 28, 2022
Go to ours Instagram to enter! Not sure what plugging is? You came to the right place!
What is Plogging?
Good question! Plogging is a creative (and accessible) way to pick up waste that started trending in Sweden in 2016 and is now a global activity. Plogging combines jogging and waste collection and is derived from the Swedish verbs “plocka up” (pick up) and “jogga” (jog).
When you plow, you quickly pick up debris while jogging. However, it does not really matter how you pick up trash just as long as you help.
Why should you start logging in?
Every year we produce over 300 million tons of plasticand 91% of it is not recycled. Plowing is a simple way to help reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. We are convinced of the principles leave no trace. We love to enjoy nature, respect our land and keep it as clean as possible!
There is nothing worse than getting to a trail or campsite to find it covered in garbage. We would like to encourage all outdoor enthusiasts out there to keep our land clean and contribute by picking up trash when they recover!
How to Plow
How? Easy! When you are out hiking, running, biking, skiing, kayaking or going for a walk through the neighborhood, and you see garbage, pick it up and throw it away! It’s that easy! Also, do not feel pressured to pick up all the pieces of waste. It defeats the purpose of going on an adventure. Embark on your adventure with the goal of coming home with trash – how much or how little it ends up being is entirely up to you!
Most plowers carry a garbage bag and gloves with them on their adventures. Your hands (and pockets) stay clean, making it a little easier to carry trash. Some companies participate in official plogging days and will have plogging sets with all the tools you need. You can probably find this information online by searching for “plogging near me.”
Stick to your usual route or path, or mix it up and try a new place. It will change the way you recreate when you look around corners, under bushes and over tree trunks to collect garbage.
Some useful logging tips:
- For the ultra-clean: Bring a pair of gloves and a ziplock bag to keep your hands clean and secure the trash so it doesn’t have to touch your items.
- For the semi-clean: Bring a plastic bag to put the waste you find in!
- For the dirt bags: When you find a piece of rubbish, put it in a pocket in your backpack to throw it out for later. Professional tip: Store all waste in one pocket for easy disposal.
- When you have finished plowing, consider separating the collected waste into recyclable and non-recyclable piles and disposing of them accordingly.
What are some examples of waste you might see along the way?
- Food packaging
- Cigarette code
- Bottle caps
- Water bottles
- Discarded gear
- Discarded clothing
- Doggy bags (if you feel brave, take them up on the way out!)
Help spread the word
Do not keep blogging secretly! Tell your friends, family, colleagues and people you meet on your adventures about plowing. Post your trash adventures on social media and use #plogging in your caption.
Let your followers catch a glimpse of you with a garbage bag and gloves while you are out recreating. When they ask, “what is plogging?” you can tell them that it’s a great way to keep the outdoors clean while exploring.
Remember that plowing has no rules. You can do it anytime, anywhere and as you want. Whatever you choose to do, make a difference. And the more people tell you, the more waste is being collected.
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