Viral Internet Challenge Is Spurring People around the World to Pick up Tons of Trash and Then Snap Photos
ENVIRONMENT, 25 Mar 2019
— Bomb Voyage (@v0y4ge) March 10, 2019
13 Mar 2019 – Rather than eating tide pods or spoonfuls of cinnamon, an eco-friendly new social media trend is inspiring people around the world to clean up litter.
— GermanG (@ger__mann) March 11, 2019
Participants are challenged to find an outdoor area that has been littered with trash and take two photos of the scenery; one in which viewers can see the garbage, and the other in which they can see the revitalized area after you have cleaned up all the trash.
The impressive before-and-after #TrashTag photos have been circulating around the world – from Mexico and Belgium to New York and India.
— Robbie McNeil (@RMcNeil2105) March 10, 2019
The initiative is being lauded as a refreshingly impactful social media trend that is encouraging people from every demographic to participate in tidying up the planet.
The challenge is remarkably similar to the #StonerCleanupInitiative, an online effort that recruited potheads to pick up the trash around their favorite outdoor smoking spots back in August 2018.
— momento (@EddieOhGonzales) March 10, 2019
Some people participating in the #TrashTag challenge have managed to tidy up roadsides simply by bringing along garbage bags on their day trips; others have boasted the dramatic results of organizing group cleanups.
Regardless, the photos are inspiring evidence of how – even though it can sometimes be a bit trashy – the internet has the ability to bring people together for the greater good.
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