When it comes to internet challenges, I think it’s safe to say many of remain skeptical. On the one hand, there are challenges like the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that raised millions for ALS research, and on the other, there are things like the Tide Pod challenge – which I think we can all agree is a collective low for humanity.
The latest trend is called the #Trashtag challenge, and it’s definitely in the “score one for humanity” column. The goal is to save the planet, one bag of garbage at a time, and with 1.3 billion tons of household waste being generated every year, it’s far past due.
The challenge is simple: take a before photo of an area littered with trash and put it next to an after photo of the same area once you’ve cleaned it up.
The hashtag blew up after a Reddit user posted a screenshot of someone who had completed the challenge with the caption “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 here.”
And post they did! Below are 17 amazing before-and-afters that you’re just going to love.
#2. This brought a bit of a tear to my eye.
#3. Such a nicer walk now!
#4. I fear he might have bagged up his shirt on accident.
#5. That’s a lot of trash.
#6. An hour well spent.
#7. If a 70-year-old retired school teacher can do it, what’s your excuse?
#8. A big job, well done.
#9. A South African #trashtag
#10. Cleaning up a tourist area in Vietnam.
#11. Many hands make light work.
#12. Look what 10 people and 1 Sunday morning can do!
#13. Hard to believe people let such a beautiful place get so messy.
#14. Actually makes you want to sit there now.
#15. Manila Bay after a judge ordered it cleaned up. Wowzers.
#16. In their school unis and everything.
#17. I’m sure the horse helped.
It’s not too late to do your part – get out there and clean, people!