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 one person do? That one person discovered 'plogging' and suggested that maybe some others could pop along and join us.
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. Dermot decided that it wasn't enough to do one simple plog, oh no, this was going to be a regular occurance. 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.
We've seen the difference plogging can make to a community. Not only does it bring different people together in a common cause, it tidies up the area, ridding it of the scourge of single use plastic.
Got questions on plogging? We have an FAQ's page which may help!
Plogolution were delighted to be interviewed by Rod Liddle for the Sunday Times online. Rod even got involved in a little central London plog!
We're always keen to step outside of our comfort zones and wanted to find a way to raise awareness of the huge amount of rubbish, and especially single-use plastic that litters our waterways.
With this in mind, we've set ourselves a bit of a challenge for the end of May. Plogolution will be plogging the length of the Thames from the source to the Thames barrier.
That's 184 miles. In 6 days. And picking up a LOT of rubbish on the way.
We want to document everything we pick up along the way so we can highlight problem areas as well as demonstrate the huge littering problem we face.
If you're interested in finding out more or would like to get involved in any way, please take a look at our Ultra Plog page.