The #TrashTag Viral Challenge Is Inspiring Bored Teens To Go Outside And Pick Up Garbage
When the results are this great, who cares if you're doing it for the 'gram?
Viral challenges are a hit or miss. On one end of the spectrum, we've had teens sending themselves to the hospital after ingesting Tide pods, parents working themselves into a frenzy over an urban legend concerning a creepy Japanese bird-woman sculpture, and folks going out in blindfolds a la Bird Box for clout. On the other end, we have challenges like the TrashTag viral challenge.
TrashTag Viral Challenge: The Best Online Challenge Yet?
The TrashTag viral challenge was started by Facebook user Byron Román, who challenged "bored teens" to pick up trash, take before and after photos, and post them on social media to document the process. His original post, which is no longer available, got over 300 thousand reactions, but he reposted it just a day afterwards:
But let's give credit where it's due — that's not Román in the photo, but Algerian activist Drici Tan Younes. He's been cleaning up trash and encouraging folks to follow suit with his own hashtag #yunes_can_challenge.
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Though some critics of the challenge say that people should clean up with or without cameras, the viral challenge has given plenty of folks (and not just bored teens) that extra push they needed to get out there and do something about the trash problem in their locale.
Here are some of our favorite #TrashTag challenge photos
1. Show school spirit by doing the #TrashTag in your uniform!
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2. This girl (literally) roped in her horse to help.
3. And who says you can't be totally glamorous while doing it?
4. After all, it doesn't matter if you're doing it cause of a trend, as long as it gets done.
5. You can pick up trash alone...
6. Or get your friends to help for more fun! (And to make your life easier LOL)
Will you be doing the TrashTag viral challenge?