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 two people do? Well we 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 30 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.
Plogolution has now held large scale plogs across London and much further afield. 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.
A 'sarf' London boy born and bred, Dermot is passionate about both the environment and fitness. When he's not hanging around upside down in handstands or doing unbelievable calisthenics on the bar, he likes to save rhinos in Africa.
Michelle is a marketing expert who enjoys seeing first hand the impact that eco-fitness has on both the local environment and the people who take part in plogging. Michelle loves bees, geckos and throwing herself around obstacle course races.
Phoebe runs our school plogging clubs and is passionate about educating the next generation about litter and plastic pollution.
Zoe manages our plogs in Ashton-Under-Lyne and the surrounding areas. Zoe and the team make a massive difference to the area.
Plogolution were delighted to be interviewed for BBC London News and got the chance to clean up an inlet near Hammersmith Bridge at the same time!
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.