Here is the story of how I ended up plogging in Sapsido island. You may be thinking what the heck is plogging? or where the heck is Sapsido? Well a month ago I had never even heard of plogging and now it is one of my favourite hobbies. Sapsido is one of Korea’s smallest islands, just off the coast of South Chungcheong province, with a population of less than 400 people. Read on to hear more about my plogging adventure in this wonderful island!
Welcome to Sapsido. Quiet and peaceful, this west coast island is only a couple of hours away from Seoul. That’s right. Getting to this distant island is a lot easier than you may think!
Via KTX Train, the journey is just 2 hours, followed by a scenic ferry ride to Sapsido. Honestly, our stay in this wonderful place was just what I needed to escape my hectic Seoul life. I used this small adventure as a way of reconnecting with myself, slowing down and embracing nature.
Where to Stay in Sapsido
We were picked up at Sapido’s port by the wonderful ladies in charge of our pension. We found their pension, Sapsidoad, via Instagram. The staff made our 2 days so memorable, filled with warm welcomes, laughs, great food and of course, plogging.
Sapsido Fishing Experience & Recreational Village Address: 213 Sapsido 1-gil, Ocheon-myeon, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm everyday Website: 삽시도어촌체험마을.kr
So what is ‘plogging’? Plogging is a combination of the words ‘pick up’ and ‘jogging.’ It is an activity designed to benefit your body and mind, as well as the earth. It integrates two concepts that I wholeheartedly believe in:
- You can do things that benefit both you, and the whole
- Our actions, big or small, are always meaningful
I also believe that our actions have a ripple effect, as we are all connected in one way or another. Therefore, our actions, whether good or bad, will undoubtedly affect our system. Plogging is a fun activity to do with friends, but the positive outcome of the experience was so therapeutic, both on an individual level and as a whole.
Benefits of Plogging
Just like jogging, plogging gets your body moving and keeps you fit. At the same time, you are making a genuine eco-conscious effort, retracing the steps of your species and helping ecosystems to recover from human interference. Have you ever considered what your carbon footprint would be? For reference, the average human being consumes approx. 1 credit card’s worth of plastic per week, just from daily activities!
Of course, plogging isn’t going to undo the global environmental crisis, but its a way of taking responsibility for our actions. However small one’s effect might be, the act of plogging gave me a sense of accomplishment, as the small island we plogged was left clean and clear of trash. Even when all seems lost, the goodness of our individual capabilities can restore our confidence.
Why I love Plogging
Plogging gave me, as an individual, so much confidence in our capabilities, as a population, to tackle the environmental crisis. Just imagine the effect we could have if the whole world took up plogging? Furthermore, you could do your bit just by picking up waste you find along your way (in a sanitary way of course.) Whether its a plastic bag stuck on a tree branch, or a take out coffee cup on a hiking trail. This is exactly what we did in Sapsido.
Plogging in Sapsido
We hiked our way to a small cove, where the ocean had washed up huge amounts of waste. Honestly, it was heartbreaking. Boots, oil cannisters, plastic of all kinds and a TON of plastic bottles. Moreover, the small beach we plogged is quite famous in Sapsido. The beach has a perfect view of a neighbouring island that, if you look hard enough, will reveal an elephant-like shape.
After an hour and a half of plogging, we accumulated as much trash as possible and left it for pick up from the organizers the next day. We took a moment to look out over the clean beach we left behind and then enjoyed a sunset picnic as our reward! It was a simple and wholesome healing experience for all of us.
If you’re interested in plogging, you do not have to travel all the way to Sapsido, or even Korea! The beauty of plogging is that you can do it anywhere. However, if you like the sound of my experience, go ahead and plan your trip and contact the Sapsidoad pension or other \tours available. Better yet, assemble a plogging team yourself! Now that I’m back in Seoul, I can’t wait to get out plogging with my friends.