People all around the world are coming together for the #trashtag challenge and putting in the effort to clean out their localities and the beaches!
Thanks to a viral challenge for bored teens, parks, and beaches all around are much cleaner. The #trashtag challenge is basically all about sharing before and after pictures of a littered area being cleaned. Byron Román a Facebook user, made the trend go viral. Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it, wrote Byron. The original Facebook post, which is no longer available, was shared 314,000 times, reports Time. In what can only be seen as a pleasant surprise, it's not just teens that are taking part in the challenge.
People from all over the world are now cleaning up their outdoor areas and posting pictures of a cleaner area. This is not the first time this idea came around. In 2015, a company came up with this idea as a way to protect threatened wilderness areas. It spread like fire across social media, with people posting pictures of rather dramatic changes, and some people have even incorporated a #trashtag challenge as part of their weekend schedule.
Others made sure to use this challenge to clean up their local communities while adding a message as to why it was important to do so. We can be better than this. I found this plastic bag stuck in a bush near our campsite and decided to put it to use. Inside is every plastic shotgun shell I could find along with every piece of plastic and trash I could see within our campsite. This excludes the countless amount of spent ammo casings and glass bottles thrown into fire pits and used as targets that are nearly impossible to collect, he wrote.
It’s the only outdoors we have. We all use it for many different things but it is the only one we have. So let’s all do our part and treat it with respect. Let’s pick up after ourselves and then pick up extra. It only takes a few minutes of your time to pick up something that’ll far outlast us, humans, if left alone. We’re the ones who get can pass it along to those who will come after us in better shape than we found it, he concluded.
Some people have used the challenge as a method to collect things they need and they are going to use it for later. Saturday 22nd September, I collected 52 Capri-Sun in the streets of Brussels in 1 hour only! Can you imagine? I've been saving them for 2 months now. I'm planning to use them for a project! wrote an Instagram user. Haven't we all heard to make the best out of waste? Seems like this guy was following that advice.
Others just used this as a method to keep posting about how this challenge would actually do some help to the earth and to us because we have to live on this earth for generations to come and polluting the surface only means it will affect us and other. Save the beaches! Here at Kappa Alpha we love the beautiful beaches of San Diego, but can’t stand to see them covered in unnecessary trash and plastic waste. This past weekend we put on a beach clean up and collected trash so that everyone can enjoy some of our local beaches free of pollution, it reads.
The amount of trash collected by enthusiastic volunteers was nothing short of amazing as one group managed to gather trash that fit into 40 bags. That is A LOT of trash if you think of it. Most people then took the trash they collected and dumped it near trash cans so that it could be collected and processed later on. Funnily enough, to make things more interesting, some people introduced challenges into the #trashtag game and people who managed to collect the weirdest item were rewarded. Hey, even if people are in it for the rewards, if it means doing something good, then why not?