On May 25, 2019, Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (TSCC) successfully organized “Plogging Event” where almost 400 kilograms of trash were collected at Bangsaen Beach, one of the popular destinations located in Chonburi province of Thailand.
Plogging is a newish fitness craze initiated in Sweden. It is a combination of jogging and plocka upp or “to pick up” in English. So, all you need to do during the plogging is jogging or walking and quickly stopping to pick up trash as you go.
As a part of their 30th anniversary celebration, TSCC hosted the plogging event with the support from other Nordic chambers in Thailand: Danish-Thai Chamber, Thai-Norwegian Chamber and Thai-Finnish Chamber as well as TSCC member companies namely Fitness24Seven and Munkfors who took part as sponsors of this event. They were also supported by ReReef, De LaLita and Glow Pattaya.
“We wanted to organize the events relating to global issues such as plastic pollution,” said TSCC’s Executive Director Pojanath Bhatanacharoen. “We chose Plogging as this allows for anyone to join, be it Thai-Swedish companies or the general public.”
At the event, there were around 120 participants who came in with their families and friends and also came in as a group from organizations such as the Nordic Embassies and United Nations. Among the notable guests were Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström, the Mayor of Saen Suk Narongchai Khunpluem as well as Danish Ambassador Uffe Wolffhechel.
The activity started by the welcoming speech from the mayor Narongchai emphasizing the joint effort of local authorities including Saen Suk municipalities and the Sea Rescue White Shark team who assisted in facilitating the event. The Ambassador Staffan made the opening speech and thanked all the participants who had in mind a good intention to help improve the environment.
“TSCC was really pleased to see that the participants were not only the members from TSCC but also from the general public and we saw that Thai people are very keen on saving the environment.” TSCC’s Executive Director Pojanath concluded.
Visit TSCC’s Facebook page to see all photos from the event!