or #trashtag [trash-tag]
What does trashtag mean?
Trashtag refers to an internet challenge and hashtag campaign where people clean up a heavily littered area, posting before and after photos with the hashtag #trashtag.
Where does trashtag come from?
Trashtag is based on hashtag and widely appears in hashtag form as #trashtag on social media.
On March 5, 2019, a man named Byron Román wrote on Facebook: “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.” The post captioned of photo of him in a littered section of woods before and after he cleaned it up.
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.
As Román told Time, a Guatemalan friend of his took the photos and posted a similar message in Spanish. Román translated the post and added the hashtags #BasuraChallenge and #trashtag. (Basura is Spanish for “trash.”)
Over the next several days, Román’s post went viral, with many people taking up Román’s challenge and posting before-and-after photos with #trashtag.
— r/Pics Bot (@Reddit_Pics_Bot) March 10, 2019
Mainstream news outlets covered the wholesome trend, further spreading Román’s challenge and #trashtag.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 12, 2019
Reaction to the #trashtag was overwhelmingly positive, although some, of course, took the opportunity to mock the challenge’s participants.
— Reddit Memes (@Reddit_Memes) March 11, 2019
That said, it’s hard to argue against the worthiness of this social media challenge. If nothing else, it’s doing more to affect positive change than slacktivism.
Honestly, #trashtag is ingenious. If you want people to do something, you gotta make them do it for fake internet points.
— Democracy Brad (@Bradstronaut) March 10, 2019
Who uses trashtag?
True to Román’s original post, trashtag is used to hashtag posts where people post before-and-after pictures of an area they’ve cleaned up. Sometimes the act of doing such a cleanup is referred to as a trashtag.
— The Best Pictures (@BeautifuImages) March 11, 2019
— Robbie McNeil (@RMcNeil2105) March 10, 2019
True to internet form, #trashtag sometimes accompanies parodies of the challenge. For the most part, though, participants seem to take pride in their contributions to a cleaner, more beautiful environment.
— Marenda Taylor (@Marenda) April 30, 2019
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