Viral challenges can have bad results. From the “Birdbox” challenge, where you complete daily tasks while blindfolded, which involved people attempting to drive cars blind, or the “tide pod challenge” which involved children eating dangerous washing pods. However, this is one challenge with only positive results.
#trashtag #TrashChallenge Around 500 volunteers helped with the cleanup of 5 million kg of trash from this Mumbai beach.https://t.co/7UPGOKsGFDhttps://t.co/QBIMDUU8SThttps://t.co/5O8VJjYGTN pic.twitter.com/xWjsA1JPQ8
— Pratika RCC Pipes Hyderabad (@rcc_pipes) March 10, 2019-Advertisement-
The #Trashtag challenge (said out loud, hashtag trashtag, get it?) involves taking before and after photos of places that are covered in litter. Think disgusting, places with so much litter that you can’t see the floor. Nature’s beauty has been masked by the leftovers that people so carelessly discard.
Humanity’s waste is not only dangerous to plants and the environment, but also to the ecosystems and animals which inhabit it.
Along the Potomac River south of Washington, DC #trashtag pic.twitter.com/n2uPL52LZG
— Robbie McNeil (@RMcNeil2105) March 10, 2019
Turtles can be strangled by plastic and whales have been found washed up with horrific amounts of waste in their stomachs. Land animals are not safe from pollution and waste either, as plastic bags can suffocate them, and birds often use dangerous waste materials to make nests where they raise their young.
However, this challenge invites people to take a picture of such an environment covered in waste and litter. Then, they clear it up, usually into a number of large trash bags, and take another photo after to see the difference.
#trashtag seems to be trending. This one's from Nepal 🇳🇵 pic.twitter.com/stAxbQXhup
— Kelllvvviiinnn (@kelllvvviiinnn) March 9, 2019
The challenge has been quietly going on for years, mostly perpetuated by Greenpeace fans and environmentalists, but now it has gone viral it is making so much more of an impact.
Facebook user Byron Roman kick-started the trend, as his post about his version of the challenge went viral. The now-deleted post, which had been shared over 300,000 times, invited people to do their bit. “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.”
Have you attempted the #TrashTag Challenge? Let us know in the comments and share with your friends if you’re happy to see a viral challenge finally doing some good!