The phenomenon of plogging started over in Sweden back in 2016 when small groups of joggers joined together to run and pick up rubbish along the way.
Plocka means picking up in Swedish, so it was fused with jogging to make plogging, kickstarting a craze that the whole country embraced (or so we are told).
This term the Yaralla program team project is centred around reducing our plastic footprint. We have incorporated plogging into our healthy activity schedule, completing our first plog (can we call it that?) earlier this week.
Our first plogging excursion took us out onto the Parramatta River mangroves close to the Yaralla building. In just 20 minutes we filled five bags of eco-shopping bags with a number of bizarre finds. These included a length of hose, a billycart wheel, dozens of straws, rope, mesh and a bounty of other plastic pieces.
Old balloons had fused to mangrove shoots, oysters had grown on the hose and threads of fishing line and wrapped around the trees. We couldn’t believe what we find.
Over the term we will be covering the changes we are making in Yaralla from the introduction of beeswax wraps in replace of gladwrap, the removal of single use plastic bottles, saying no to plastic straws and a range of other initiatives such as plogging.
How are you reducing your plastic use?