Have you ever heard of the Swedish term plogging? The literal definition of plogging is jogging plus the Swedish "plocka upp" or pick up. Meaning to pick up trash while spending time in the outdoors. Good for nature and good for you!
Plogging was started in Sweden but has slowly made its way to North America. What better way to celebrate our Swedish heritage than caring for the environment at the same time!
Photo: Camille Santiago
Don't worry, you don't have to be running to participate in plogging! At Fjällräven, we think that just as long as you are getting outside and picking up trash, you are plogging. Trash can be found anywhere; whether you are on a trail in the mountains, enjoying a National Park or just walking around your home town. It is known that just 20 minutes a day spent outdoors with nature can increase mental and physical wellness. Why not give back to what has given so much to you during that time.
Just a few important things to remember! Please be educated on the 7 Leave No Trace Principles while participating in plogging.
- Plan ahead and prepare. Bring a bio bag with you if you plan on plogging to help you dispose of the waste responsibly.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Walk on hard, durable surfaces and stay on trail.
- Dispose of waste properly. Be sure to recycle what should be recycled and compost what should be composted.
- Leave what you find. If it is not trash and is meant to stay in nature, leave it there.
- Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
- Respect wildlife. Do not feed trash or food to the animals.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
Since Fjällräven was founded in 1960, we have been inspiring people to get outside. Building on our love of nature, Fjällräven is hosting plogging events across North America. Cleaning up the environment is one way we can all honor Earth Day. Join your nearest brand center on Saturday, April 20th to plog with your local community. Starting at 9:00 am local time at the store, all the necessary supplies will be provided.