We recently had the pleasure of sharing a really positive and useful social media challenge for once, the #Trashtag Challenge. Instead of the usual dumb and damaging crap like tide pods and people walking around blindfolded, this challenge encourages people to go out with their gloves and some trash bags, and clean up a polluted area.
Since our previous post a few days ago, the challenge has spread even further and gone truly global. Perhaps this is how we eventually manage to do something about climate change before it's too late? It turns out that we can foster a community spirit, get off our butts and make positive change for our environment, we just need to be challenged to post pics of it on social media. Problem solved!
Scroll down to check out even more inspiring pics of people getting their hands dirty and cleaning up, and let us know what you think in the comments!
This #trashtag is really kicking off here in Nepal. I wish this doesn't die out and become a normal day-to-day thing
The #Trashtag challenge offers a refreshing new take on the social media challenge, with many previous iterations simply being a platform for people to show off while doing useless or destructive acts. The one most referenced is the Tidepod challenge, which caused much moral outrage and disbelief over the stupidity of those who took part.
The was also the cinnamon challenge, where people had to film themselves eating a spoon of powdered cinnamon, which can be dangerous if inhaled.
And of course there was the hot water challenge, where kids are encouraged to either drink boiling water through a straw, or pour the boiling water on a friend. One child died as a result of this challenge, and it makes you wonder what kind of people come up with these idiotic ideas that endanger the most vulnerable in our society.
While it may seem new, the viral trend was originally started as the 'Trashtag Project' back in 2015 by UCO, a company that makes outdoor gear. The initial goal of the project was to collect 10,000 pieces of trash by October 2016.
Outdoor website snews reported it at the time, writing "The UCO #TrashTag Project was conceived by UCO People ambassador, Steven Reinhold, during a period of guilt after his receipt from a self-indulgent shopping spree flew out the window.Haunted by this inadvertent littering episode, Reinhold vowed to gather 100 pieces of trash during his road trip – and he did. Returning home from his adventure, Reinhold pitched an expansion of his vision to the UCO team, and the movement began."
before & after
#trashtag challenge is one of the social media hashtags worth time and effort.
It urges people to pick a place filled with litter, clean it up, and post before and after pictures.
Volunteers have made beaches, parks and roads trash-free while raising awareness of the quantity of plastic litter we produce. Here is mine - Manchester's Mirabel Street. During strong winds and after events at Manchester's Arena our little corner gets a full blast of litter droped by passing by people.
I hope in no time we will transform Mirabel Street into the cleanest street in Manchester
While the original #trashtag challenge was a moderate success, used over 20,000 times since 2015, it really took off this month after Arizona man Byron Roman posted photos of Algerian Drici Tani Younes. The first one showed Younes surrounded by garbage and then a second one had him standing in the same place behind nine filled trash bags. Roman suggested this would be the perfect “new challenge for all you bored teens,” and it simply took off from there. Now it's a truly global phenomenon!
Before and after. Makeup and clothes dumped near Moston Brook, now cleaned up
Hope more environment conscious people join this challenge for better tomorrow
The #TrashTag Challenge is an excellent reminder of how cleanliness can enable communities and the environment to Rise.
Watch how Mahindra employees came together for a cleaner country here
Everyday hundreds of youth are cleaning up the country. This #trashtag challenge if continued in great magnitude can really help solve hundreds of environmental problems. This picture is from the students of highschool named KMC from Kathmandu, Nepal.
One boombox, one dog bed and nine trash bags later and the woods next to my apartment building look a hundred times better. the top photos are the view from my kitchen window and now I no longer have to look at trash!
This was my #trashtag from last fall, before it was a thing. This was in one of my favorite little trail loops and after many times passing it, I couldn't stand to see it anymore. Ran out of bags (and space).
Not recent, but two years ago I arranged a group of people to clean up a neglected gun range. 5 truck beds full of junk. Keep up the good work
We jumped on the #TrashTag bandwagon and took part in the challenge that’s gone viral for all the right reasons. Gloves on, bin bags in hand, we took to the streets to do our bit for the community and its environment.
I wanted to give back to the Filipino community who has been so kind to me; I spent 6 hours at a “local’s” beach and cleaned it up a bit. I know it’s not a lot, but It’s a small way of saying “thank you.” #trashtag
This woman has dedicated the last year and a half of her life to cleaning up polluted coasts, way before #trashtag was a thing. Currently, she is in Central America continuing her efforts. More people like this deserve recognition
Living Lands & Waters cleaned up 14,353lbs of trash from the Mississippi River (in Memphis) just yesterday!
This wasn't all the trash we got, and only one side of the river, but we cleaned up the river by my university and said hi to some turtles in the process :)
Love #TrashTag and decided to join in. Lots to do but my one man team removed 6 bags of trash and and few large items.
We get trashed off of bagged wine and pick up garbage on the mountain on closing day #trashtag
We got inspired by all the other trashtag posts. Cleaned up a 3 mile section on our local trail
Usually Bailey and I fill a whole bag during our walk. This is all we found today. TrashTag is working.
An elementary school I work at in Japan this morning spent an hour walking around the neighborhood picking up trash. They werent aware of #trashtag, it was just something to be done
One of two bags me and my girlfriend picked up a few weeks ago. Making it a regular thing. Am I doing it right? #trashtag
Here in the great white north our trash is still burried in snow, but here is a truck load the was picked up last Spring at my annual trail cleanup. #trashtag
The KU Canterbury house decided to spend our spring break picking up trash on the streets of St. Louis!
My Mom and I Cleaned Up a Mangrove Today Along Lemon Bay (FL) Which Leads Straight to the Gulf
Local fishermen helping with the #TrashTag to help clear our small island, everyone helping out! :)
Marine conservationist Kathryn Bland collecting 18.5kg of litter from Radipole Lake in Weymouth #trashtag
A pile of bricks by this path behind my local Walmart always bothered me. A couple years ago I got bored and made it less shitty. #Trashtag proves we can make the world a more beautiful place
Thrilled everyone is posting #TrashTag - 2018 Riverkeeper Sweep, Croton Point Park, Hudson River (NY)
It was June of last year but we managed to pick all this trash up at Lake Tahoe. KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL
My Eagle Scout project from last year! Took a whole day with nearly 20 people. Dayton, OH, USA
You don't need any super powers to be a hero!
All you need is a willingness to bend down and clean up other people's litter. Join us in our fight to make India litter free.
Our small daily contribution towards #trashtag
Are we too late? Don't let it die.. Just went out on our lunch break #trashtag
My crew and I spend 45 hours every week to collect trash and debris from the interstate. We clean the same 64 miles every week and the amount we collect never gets less. Hopefully, #trashtag helps!
May be an older pic (November 2018), but some friends and I went to a local park/river and cleaned up as much as we could find!
We heard that party didn't end yet! We cleaned the Tunca river with kayaks
So who is taking up this challenge!? I'm keen! Best challenge yet.
A Catalyst for Social Change
Department of Mass Communication, Nagaland University Lumami carrying out the trashcleanchallenge.
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