Once upon a time, not so long ago, two friends sat down and moaned about the state of the world and the barrage of plastic and rubbish blighting our rivers and oceans. But what could just two people do? Well they discovered 'plogging' and suggested that maybe some others could pop along and join them.
Two of us turned into 16 and the first plog was born. Starting at Putney Bridge and running towards Hammersmith and back, 16 people picked up over 20 bags of rubbish.
Big ideas and passion lead to change so we arranged the next plog in Kingston-upon-Thames and this time we kitted ourselves out in custom made t-shirts. With shouts of 'bravo' from onlookers and children joining in the fun, we collected over 35 bags of rubbish. Our biggest plog so far started in Battersea Park and ran/walked a number of routes through the park and down the river with 49 people taking part. Over 100 bags of rubbish were picked up, much of which could be recycled.
We've seen the difference plogging can make to a community. Not only does it bring people together from different background united in a common cause, it tidies up the area, ridding it of the scourge of single use plastic.
We are passionate about educating children about the planet and the consequences of rubbish and especially single-use plastic.
Not only do we regularly present at primary schools but we have also set up before school plogging clubs which allows the children to get involved and become passionate about cleaning up their local environment. We currently have 8 schools involved in the Plogolution and are monitoring all rubbish picked up through a centralised database. We really want to get more schools involved, for each school it's £200 to set them up with equipment and also instigate a small reward scheme for the children. This is an excellent time in their lives to not only educate them about the environment and how to live more sustainably but also have pride in their local community.