We recently had the pleasure of sharing a really positive and useful social media challenge for once, the #Trashtag Challenge. Instead of the usual dumb and damaging crap like tide pods and people walking around blindfolded, this challenge encourages people to go out with their gloves and some trash bags, and clean up a polluted area.

Since our previous post a few days ago, the challenge has spread even further and gone truly global. Perhaps this is how we eventually manage to do something about climate change before it's too late? It turns out that we can foster a community spirit, get off our butts and make positive change for our environment, we just need to be challenged to post pics of it on social media. Problem solved!

Scroll down to check out even more inspiring pics of people getting their hands dirty and cleaning up, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 months ago

Not only did they pick up the heaps of trash, they planted trees to restore the environment!

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The #Trashtag challenge offers a refreshing new take on the social media challenge, with many previous iterations simply being a platform for people to show off while doing useless or destructive acts. The one most referenced is the Tidepod challenge, which caused much moral outrage and disbelief over the stupidity of those who took part.

The was also the cinnamon challenge, where people had to film themselves eating a spoon of powdered cinnamon, which can be dangerous if inhaled.

And of course there was the hot water challenge, where kids are encouraged to either drink boiling water through a straw, or pour the boiling water on a friend. One child died as a result of this challenge, and it makes you wonder what kind of people come up with these idiotic ideas that endanger the most vulnerable in our society.

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Our kids from the Karavia Children Village rocked the #trashtagchallenge yesterday! What a great action and exemple for the neighborhood

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

You guys are awesome!

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One of the biggest #trashtag of 2019. Manila Bay Philippines clean up drive.

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

I am so impressed. You made the world - and the beach - such a better place!

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While it may seem new, the viral trend was originally started as the 'Trashtag Project' back in 2015 by UCO, a company that makes outdoor gear. The initial goal of the project was to collect 10,000 pieces of trash by October 2016. 

Outdoor website snews reported it at the time, writing "The UCO #TrashTag Project was conceived by UCO People ambassador, Steven Reinhold, during a period of guilt after his receipt from a self-indulgent shopping spree flew out the window.Haunted by this inadvertent littering episode, Reinhold vowed to gather 100 pieces of trash during his road trip – and he did. Returning home from his adventure, Reinhold pitched an expansion of his vision to the UCO team, and the movement began."

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Over 8,000 Cigarettes Picked Off The Street To Be Recycled #trashtag

Over 8,000 cigarettes picked off the street to be recycled

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JillVille 2 months ago

Oh my word. I thought those were leaves at first. That's disgusting! Thank you for cleaning those up!!!

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This woman has dedicated the last year and a half of her life to cleaning up polluted coasts, way before #trashtag was a thing. Currently, she is in Central America continuing her efforts. More people like this deserve recognition

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

Good for her, what a wonderful quest!!

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 We Made A Trash Snowman At A Beach Cleanup In Taiwan!


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Bluebell Rizzi 2 months ago

do you wanna build a trashmaaaan?

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Piper Smythe 2 months ago

That's actually Mother Earth in human form

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While the original #trashtag challenge was a moderate success, used over 20,000 times since 2015, it really took off this month after Arizona man Byron Roman posted photos of Algerian Drici Tani Younes. The first one showed Younes surrounded by garbage and then a second one had him standing in the same place behind nine filled trash bags. Roman suggested this would be the perfect “new challenge for all you bored teens,” and it simply took off from there. Now it's a truly global phenomenon!

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This #trashtag is really kicking off here in Nepal. I wish this doesn't die out and become a normal day-to-day thing


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Kjorn 2 months ago

and they bring back the sun!!!

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Living Lands & Waters cleaned up 14,353lbs of trash from the Mississippi River (in Memphis) just yesterday! 

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Wendy Melissa 2 months ago

Amazing! Great work.

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#10

I can't change the world but I totally changed mine

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

You are awesome!!

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#11

Okeanos Foundation for the Sea doing our part for #trashtag

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

Our seas need our help! Thanks!

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The #TrashTag Challenge is an excellent reminder of how cleanliness can enable communities and the environment to Rise.

Watch how Mahindra employees came together for a cleaner country here

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Lizzie the Crayon 2 months ago

Thats just sad

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Before & After#trashtag Challenge Is One Of The Social Media Hashtags Worth Time And Effort.it Urges People To Pick A Place Filled With Litter, Clean It Up, And Post Before And After Pictures.volunteers Have Made Beaches, Parks And Roads Trash-Free While Raising Awareness Of The Quantity Of Plastic Litter We Produce. Here Is Mine - Manchester's Mirabel Street. During Strong Winds And After Events At Manchester's Arena Our Little Corner Gets A Full Blast Of Litter Droped By Passing By People.i Hope In No Time We Will Transform Mirabel Street Into The Cleanest Street In Manchester. 🤗😍👏

before & after 

#trashtag challenge is one of the social media hashtags worth time and effort. 

It urges people to pick a place filled with litter, clean it up, and post before and after pictures.

Volunteers have made beaches, parks and roads trash-free while raising awareness of the quantity of plastic litter we produce. Here is mine - Manchester's Mirabel Street. During strong winds and after events at Manchester's Arena our little corner gets a full blast of litter droped by passing by people.

I hope in no time we will transform Mirabel Street into the cleanest street in Manchester

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 months ago

Small changes can make a big difference!

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Everyday hundreds of youth are cleaning up the country. This #trashtag challenge if continued in great magnitude can really help solve hundreds of environmental problems. This picture is from the students of highschool named KMC from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

This is awesome, wonderful job. You guys rock!

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Make play ground a better place!

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BeenElle 2 months ago

What kind of pig litters in a playground?! Shame on them and kudos to these guys for making it a better place indeed.

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earringnut 2 months ago

Niiice!!!

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#17

Did our part today for #trashtag while offroading in the mountains of California

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

It looks so much better, thanks for all you did!!

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I wanted to give back to the Filipino community who has been so kind to me; I spent 6 hours at a “local’s” beach and cleaned it up a bit. I know it’s not a lot, but It’s a small way of saying “thank you.” #trashtag

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

amazing effort

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

Such a difference, powered by people.

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One boombox, one dog bed and nine trash bags later and the woods next to my apartment building look a hundred times better. the top photos are the view from my kitchen window and now I no longer have to look at trash!

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Jo Bebe 2 months ago

I use to clean up trash on my 1.5 mile walk home from work when I was younger. I use to have bags and bags... also would find really interesting things by the bridge where people dump things. I wish everyone lived as though #trashtage was just a way of life, it would be so much better.

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#21

I heard #trashtag is getting popular. Kiev, Ukraine

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

This movement is worldwide, thanks to everyone for joining in.

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#22

Tried to do something better then nothing

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Nini Meow 2 months ago

Everything counts 🙂

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#trashtag #trastagchallenge Team #waragainstplasticwaste. Hope More Environment Conscious People Join This Challenge For Better Tomorrow

Hope more environment conscious people join this challenge for better tomorrow

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

Your example will change the way everyone looks making a change - you are heroes!

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Cleaning Up Homeless Camps! #trashtag 260 Kgs, Only Took About An Hour!

Cleaning up homeless camps! #trashtag 260 kgs, only took about an hour!

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Jo Bebe 2 months ago

Some homeless man is going to get home today like wtf, I guess I will sleep in an open car instead .......

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#25

We got inspired by all the other trashtag posts. Cleaned up a 3 mile section on our local trail

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

Three miles is a lot of territory - what a gift to your neighborhood!

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The KU Canterbury house decided to spend our spring break picking up trash on the streets of St. Louis!

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earringnut 2 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks these folks need a sitcom?

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 months ago

What an amazing change! I wonder where all those shoes came from.

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

What a difference! Thanks for taking the time to make a difference!

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Before and after. Makeup and clothes dumped near Moston Brook, now cleaned up

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Justine Nicole 2 months ago

A bunch of makeup and some CDs? Weird

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#30

A pile of bricks by this path behind my local Walmart always bothered me. A couple years ago I got bored and made it less sh**ty. #Trashtag proves we can make the world a more beautiful place

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Summer Woodsong 2 months ago

It's so much better, that was a lot of work! Thanks for what you do!

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