After some rather disturbing and bizarre online challenges like the 'Momo Challenge, 'Kiki Challenge' or even the 'Tide-Pod' Challenge, we finally have a challenge that makes a lot of sense and is good for the world! The '#Trashtag Challenge' initiates a good Samaritan scenario and it's catching up quite steadfastly.
The challenge includes taking photos of dirty spaces/areas and then cleaning the entire area up and photographing the clean spot again. The ultimate goal is to post a 'before' and 'after' shot of a once dirty area to an absolutely spotless one, which will pose as an example of great civic sense.
The psychology behind such challenges is that it follows a herd mentality. If an open platform such as social media is used to post such challenges, 90% of the time, chances are people are going to follow through and ape a particular trending act.
So, needless to say, the #Trashtag Challenge has proven to be rather successful and people in a lot of countries are posting pictures of areas they have cleaned, on the internet.
The challenge has somewhat made its way through India but not as aggressively as we had hoped. Currently, only Bangalore and Nagaland have seen this trend unfold. We do wish it comes to other states soon enough because dozens of places need that kind of intervention in this country, since the 'Swach Bharat Mission' has taken its own sweet time to deliver.
The #Trashtag Challenge has been around for a while now. It was first promoted by a company back in 2015 but it was revisited again this year with this initiative post on Instagram:
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Twitter, Reddit and Instagram users all around the world have willfully taken up the challenge and are producing some rather amazing transformational results, with cleaning up garbage-stacked areas around them.
Take a look:10 March 2019
Students from @tetsocollege, Dimapur, accepted the #Trashtag challenge. Are you up for the challenge to keep your environment clean? Tag us if you accept the challenge. Follow @east.mojo for more news from NorthEast India and around the ð #EastStory #NortheastIndia #trashtagchallenge #trash #Trashchallenge #challenge #ChallengeAccepted #dimapur #tetsocollege #cleanliness #trendingchallenge #environmentfriendly #students #collegestudents #cleancity #garbage #assam #arunachalpradesh #manipur #mizoram#meghalaya #nagaland #sikkim #tripura
A post shared by EastMojo (@east.mojo) on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:16am PDT#trashtag We went around this small lake in our community (Bangalore, India) some time back and cleared the trash in biodegradable trash bags from r/pics
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I am blown away with the response I got with my other post encouraging people to take part in this new #trashtag challenge! My inbox is full of photos like this! Will be sure to jeep sharing them!ððð - Tag a friend who needs some happiness ð¤ - Follow @themostwholesomememes for more posts like this ððð
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Hey kids. Remember the Harlem shake..the water bottle flip challenge..the mannequin challenge..? At last, something meaningful is about to drop globally - #trashtag - take a before and after shot of major tidying efforts. You heard it here first, kids. @CognitaSchools #CognitaWay pic.twitter.com/pp873OGNP2— Andy Perryer (@andyperryer) 10 March 2019 This is just a work of an hour! #trashtag from r/pics 10 March 2019 11 March 2019
Although a lot of spaces are looking spic-and-span, the concern about where this garbage is ending up is doing rounds. A need for good waste disposal systems is in place and we're sure with this very intelligent initiative, other things will seemingly fall in to place.