In the last two Speak of The Frog articles we talked about plastic; specifically, about its pros and cons, and its connections to sportswear and microplastics in the environment. Nothing is seldom 100% good or bad, as is the case with plastic. However, as we wrote in the previous article, any type of material becomes an issuein an environment where it doesn't belong.Plastic never belongs in nature, not even then when the plastic is bioplastic or biodegradable plastic.
We would like to introduce you to a more positive concept, and thus challenge you to go to nature, take care of your environment, and feel good about yourself. We think it will be the perfect act for your wellbeing! Given how life is for many at the moment, with lockdowns and social restrictions, a positive wellbeing can’t be over exaggerated.
The Swedish trend “plocka upp” a.k.a. plogging, became popular all over the world in 2018even if picking up trash in nature is nothing new (Australian readers might remember emu parades when they were at school!) Plogging is an eco-friendly running trend, where going out for a jog and picking up trash is combined to create a more varied workout thanks to the bending, stretching, and squatting that is required pick up any trash that is passed.
The Swedes have been plogging since 2016, but the trend has spread further afield to Germany, USA, Mexico, and Finland. If you now type #plogging into Instagram you’ll find 115k images of people collecting trash from nature.
We thought that now, in the times of COVID-19 and with plastic’s strangling grip taking over nature, plogging and trash walking provide us with the perfect way to be more active, have more purpose, and take actions towards a cleaner environment. Moreover, if we all take part in this movement, we can create a strong feeling of community and emotional closeness despite the physical distance enforced upon us.
Népra Goes Plogging Challenge
This spring and summer, we would like to challenge you to clean up the environment near you and go for a trash walk or plogging. When you do that, take a photo or video clip, post it on Instagram use the hashtags #wearnepra and #nepragoesplogging then tag @wearnepra to your photo or the video description.
How to take part to our #nepragoesplogging contest?
Choose a comfortable & sporty outfit that suits the weather
Prepare a trash bag and pair of gloves
Go out and run or take a walk (Remember tomaintain a safe distance between yourself and others if you go plogging with a group during the COVID-19 times)
While running, jogging or walking, pick up the litter you see *
Take a photo or video during your trash adventure
When at home, recycle your trash into the right bins
Wash your hands carefully
Post your photos on Instagram with hashtags #wearnepra#nepragoesplogging and tag @wearnepra
*NOTE: If you are unsure of your safety when picking up certain items such as pieces of glass, you might want to concentrate on trash that won’t hurt you.
By the end of July, we will draw 5 winners, and each winner can choose their favorite recycled Népra item for free. There is no limit to how many times you post a photo or video. The more often the better, as you will be an inspiration to your community and motivate them to reduce litter in nature too.
Let’s make this summer “trashless" and enjoy the cleaner streets, beaches, and forests.
Burnout, exhaustion, overload, you probably know it and can name it. In Finland, we have a saying that "a dear child has many names" but this child, despite its many names, is not really dear. Exhaustion is rarely a matter of "just tiredness", but often also involves physical and/or mental symptoms, such as pain, aches, sleep difficulties, impaired memory and concentration and, for example, depression or anxiety symptoms. I myself have experience with the whole spectrum.
Guest blog written by Noora Huotari from Népra Crew
Wake up, do your morning routines, bike to work, work, bike back home, do your daily chores, workout, shower, cook food, walk the dog, do your bed time routines and go to bed and sleep. And repeat same things every weekday. To many, this may sound exhausting and boring, but at least for me, routines are a big part of coping in everyday life.
Népra is an activewear brand that does good. We think charity work is part of a sustainable business and doing good is in Népra’s DNA. This year, we will continue to work with the John Nurminen Foundation to help protect the Baltic Sea. For every product sold online, we donate 50 cents to charity. Read more on the Speak Of The Frog Népra blog.