New Oak Forest resident and Keller Williams Realtor Daniela Antelo found out about plogging over dinner with a friend recently. As she discovered, it’s jogging while you pick up trash.
Plogging, which comes from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” or pick up, started in Sweden in 2016 and has since spread to other countries. O Magazine even featured the practice in its April 2019 issue.
Aside from helping the environment, plogging encourages participants to employ a greater range of motion than they would if they simply jogged.
Antelo joined her friend on a plogging trip and got hooked.
“I couldn’t believe how much trash we got from the drains in the street,” Antelo said. “Anything that goes in the drains ends up in Galveston Bay.”
It got Antelo to thinking. As she says, “If you have an idea, do it.”
She has put forth a plogging challenge on her business website encouraging neighbors to make their next walk or run more meaningful by plogging. Following the challenge rules – tagging Antelo on Instagram @YourHoustonBroker with the hashtag #ploggingchallengehouston and a picture of the person holding up a trash bag – enters the participant into a drawing to win four movie tickets.
Last Saturday, there was a community plogging event with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Stevens Elementary SPARK Park at 1910 Lamonte Ln.
“I’d been looking for a way to engage the community,” Antelo said.
Fitness app Lifesum says a half-hour of plogging will burn 288 calories on average – compared to 235 calories from regular jogging. And EcoWatch reports that plastic production during the last decade outnumbers the amount produced during the entire last century. Enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the Earth four times.
If either of these statistics makes you want to give plogging a try, here are some tips from https://www.ecologyrunner.com/plogging/ to get you started.
— Bring a bag: BioBags are suggested for a biodegradable option. A paper bag would be sturdier.
— Be prepared to get dirty: Avoid bio-hazardous materials, like needles. Just concentrate on the mounds of plastic. Gloves are a good idea as is hand sanitizer.
— Wear good shoes: You’ll be going off the beaten path, no doubt. Leave the earbuds out so you’ll be more aware.
— Mix up routes: If you clear a commonly tread path, start another. You can use MapMyRun or something similar to identify a new route.
— Don’t limit yourself to running: Picking up trash is a good idea anytime. Recruit your kids.
— Promote plogging: That’s just what Antelo is doing in the hope it catches on.