Plogging: running& environmental protection – how you as a runner can protect the environment

Plogging: Running & Environmental protection - How you can protect the environment as a runner

Running has changed my life. For a long time now, it’s not just about the sport itself. It is rather an attitude towards life that has shaped my attitude towards nature and myself. When nature can give you so much, it’s essential that you want to give it back as much as possible. So how can runners be more environmentally aware and sustainable??

If you deal publicly with the topic of environmental protection, you are unfortunately often played on the Internet, so in advance a statement on my part about it: I am not a sustainability or environmental expert. I’m already doing some things right, but I’m still learning a lot and would like to inspire you with this post to rethink your own behavior and maybe take a few things with you for your everyday life. Tchibo has also been working for years to become more and more sustainable. The company itself says that they are not yet implementing everything 100% perfectly, but are working flat out to become even more environmentally friendly. Let us learn and grow together. It’s often the little things that make the difference and are easy to implement. I am sure you can do it too!

Let your adventure begin right outside your front door

You prefer to run together with others? Start your run right from your front door and run to your meeting point. I hear and read again and again that runners first drive to a meeting point in order to run. The extra drive eats up time and is also an unnecessary burden on the environment. Of course, as a runner you want to participate in a running race like a half marathon or a marathon someday. Last year, according to the Berliner Zeitung, there were more than 50.000 entries for the Berlin Marathon – of which 20 were.250 participants from Germany, so less than half. From these numbers alone, you can see: We live in times of international running tourism. So before you head straight for New York or Tokyo, find out about regional alternatives. Germany and Europe offer great running events that are easily accessible by train.

Plogging: running& environmental protection - how you as a runner can protect the environment

Think ahead& Plan for running races

No power to the disposable plastic cups

More and more running events are looking for alternatives to the masses of plastic cups at drinking stations in order to avoid plastic waste. Organizers buy paper cups or even provide taps for filling into their own containers. The most environmentally friendly way to travel is definitely to make your own z. B. Bring reusable cups that you fill up yourself. When you run with a hydration pack, you don’t even need to stop to drink.

Reuse: Safety pins to attach bib number

To attach your race number, you will receive safety pins to attach your race number to your top at many races. Instead of taking new safety pins all the time, just bring your own safety pins with you. Alternatively, you can also attach your bib number to a special bib number ribbon

Do not use a plastic cape to keep warm

I must confess: I, too, have put on a plastic cape to stay warm before a run, and I just threw it on the ground to start the run. After all, that’s what all runners* did, so I didn’t question it further. What was left behind was a carpet of plastic. With thousands and thousands of runners, there is a huge amount of plastic that ends up in the trash. Today I would not accept such a cape, because you can also just take your own clothes to stay warm. Since I will never reach a podium place anyway, the few grams that make up a thin running sweater or jacket as luggage don’t matter either.

Buying running clothes more consciously& repair

It’s no secret that you don’t need 50 running shirts and pants. The cultivation and production of raw fibers for the textile industry in particular have a high environmental impact (Source: umweltbundesamt.en). Tchibo is setting an example with its current collection – plastic wrappings have been replaced by paper banderoles (Source: and most of the current sportswear, which will be available from 09.06.2020 in stores and online (→ Click here to go directly to the Tchibo online store) is made of recycled material. You can recognize the products made of recycled material by the green heart symbol. Tchibo saved 472 tons of greenhouse gases last year by producing textiles with recycled PET bottles and textile waste (source:

For the recycled sportswear, PET bottles were crushed, cleaned, melted down and processed into a recycled yarn that serves as the basis for the production of the textiles. You can see my favorite articles on the pictures of this post.

Other options for acquiring new running gear include buying second-hand clothes or trading clothes. I participated in a clothing swap party the other day. Maybe this is also an idea for you?

It’s also about wearing and maintaining clothes for a long time. Repair broken clothes to give them a longer life.

Plogging: running& environmental protection - how you as a runner can protect the environment
Plogging: running& environmental protection - how you as a runner can protect the environment

Three PET bottles would be recycled for the windbreaker from Tchibo’s current collection. It is super light and can be stowed away into a handy shoulder bag.

Wash running clothes more consciously

Think more consciously about whether all your running clothes really need to be washed after every use. Running tights in particular don’t need to be washed after every wear. Doing less laundry is actually an effective way to save the environment. I also use a special washing bag for the washing machine, which prevents possible microplastics from ending up down the drain.


Plogging – give a piece back to nature

Cigarette butts, packaging, illegal "disposal" of electrical appliances and scrap metal. As a runner, you are out and about in nature and are forced to see how much garbage is inconsiderately "disposed of" in nature. I don’t have to mention here that you don’t do this, but I would like to motivate you to become active yourself and to make your running routes and thus the world a little cleaner and more beautiful. Last year on Worldcleanup Day, my friend and I were able to fill seven large trash bags on our then nearly 5-kilometer running route. A bitter balance. If we all do a small part and become active, we can achieve great things. Don’t walk by trash, take a trash bag or a bag and collect it. The combination of running and collecting garbage is called plogging. The term originates from Sweden and combines "plocka" – Swedish for pick, pick up – and jogging.

Plogging: running& environmental protection - how you as a runner can protect the environment

Plogging Challenge #trydichaus

Together with Tchibo I invite you to take part in a Plogging Challenge – according to the motto #trydichaus #sustainableliving #sharedwhatmoves

Let’s make a difference together and show me your plogging exploits. I collect all submitted photos in this post and in my story highlights on Instagram. I am sure that together we can make the world a little more beautiful and thus draw attention to the issue!

Which of the listed ideas to combine running and sustainability do you already implement? Do you have any other tips on how to be more environmentally aware as a runner?

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