A portmanteau is a word that is formed by combining two different words to create a new word with a blended meaning. For example, most of us have heard the words Brangelina, spork, bromance, and chillaxing. But what on Earth is plogging?
Well, it just happens to be the latest fitness trend that benefits not only you but the Earth as well, and it's popping up all over the world. Started in Sweden by trail runner Erik Ahlström, it's part litter collection and part jogging. The word "plogging" comes from the combination of "plocka" (which means "pick up" in Swedish) and "jogging," but a version of it can be done while walking, cycling, or hiking as well. Basically, it just means combining exercise with picking up trash and we think it's great!
There are a number of reasons why plogging may be even more beneficial than just doing the exercises by themselves.
So, with all the buzz surrounding this craze, you may be asking yourself how you can start plogging. Here are some quick pointers to send you off on your own plogging adventure.
Now that you understand what plogging is and how to get started, it's up to you to get out there and do it. Your location doesn't matter because about 90% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources and simply getting this litter out of the environment can help keep it out of the ocean. If you can, come by a 4ocean Cleanup and put in the work—we'll make sure you get plenty of exercise!
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