A lot of viral challenges are entertaining, but few of them actually add anything of value to the world. The #trashtag challenge, though, has teens nationwide cleaning up nearby parks, trails and other outdoor areas.
The trend started with Facebook user Byron Román.
“Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens,” he wrote. “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.”
The since-deleted post was shared 314,000 times, and, surprisingly, people actually took Byron up on the challenge. Some bored teens, yes, but also people of all ages and boredom levels.
Some people have even made the challenge into a family effort.
There’s now an Instagram page just for the challenge, @trashtagchallenge. If you ever get overwhelmed by the news and need a cheerful pick-me-up, that page will do the job!
Insider reports that the hashtag dates all the way back to 2015, when a contest called the Trashtag Project challenged people to post photos of themselves cleaning up litter for a chance to win free outdoor gear from UCO.
Now, though, #trashtag is just the most wholesome viral challenge ever on the internet.