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- People are sharing photos of littered areas before and after cleaning them up as part of the viral #trashtag challenge.
- The #trashtag challenge dates back to 2015, but gained popularity through a recent Facebook post.
Beaches, parks, nature trails, and other outdoor spaces just got a lot cleaner thanks to a new viral challenge.
The #trashtag challenge involves taking photos of a littered area before and after cleaning it up. Facebook user Byron Román ignited the trend with a viral post.
“Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens,” Román wrote. “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.”
The original Facebook post, which is no longer available, was shared 314,000 times.
- Byron Román/Facebook
It’s more than just “bored teens” who have done their part. People all over the world are collecting trash from outdoor spaces in their area.
— City Dave (@daavidcabrera_) March 10, 2019
— Robbie McNeil (@RMcNeil2105) March 10, 2019
— Adhiti (@frizhbee) March 10, 2019
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Look at all that #trash! And Look at those faces, accomplished if we do say so ourselves! @kingofthesprings gets all the credit here, and we truely love this photo. Thanks for taking on the challenge and making our home cleaner by the day. #trashtag #trashtagchallenge #florida
The #trashtag hashtag and concept actually date back to a 2015 contest called “The Trashtag Project” sponsored by UCO (or Utility, Comfort, and Originality, an outdoor gear company) where people could post photos of themselves cleaning up litter for a chance to win free outdoor gear.
— Katie Boué (@katieboue) October 18, 2015
— Pacific Crest Trail (@PCTAssociation) October 20, 2015
Viral trends can range from silly to dangerous, so the wholesomeness of the #trashtag challenge is uplifting to many.
— Cory Tire (@corytire) March 11, 2019
The #trashtag challenge is giving me life. More of this, please.
— mikayla (@HEYitsMK) March 10, 2019
#TrashTag is the best challenge social media has ever created.
— Jafar AlKusaimi (@Jiifo) March 10, 2019
#TrashTag is my favorite internet challenge ever and I cant wait to go to my favorite spots and contribute
— John Ajaka (@JohnMAjaka) March 11, 2019
Here’s to hoping this latest viral campaign helps clean even more of our Earth.
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