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The #Trashtag Viral Challenge Is Actually Making A Positive Impact On The Environment

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Now, this is a challenge that everyone should get behind. A man in Arizona recently pushed for the next generation to take pride in their communities and help clean up the areas around them. With one Facebook post, an old challenge resurfaced and is slowly but surely making a serious impact on pollution.

Call To Action

In a world where social media drives culture and trends, we see all kinds of challenges. The Ice Bucket Challenge. Planking. The “In My Feelings” Challenge. Most recently, there’s even a challenge that has parents slapping their babies in the face with cheese. Go figure.

Well, Byron Román (above) used the viral challenge trend as an opportunity to do something good. He challenged teens to participate in the “Trashtag Challenge.” he shared on Facebook, “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.”

Going Viral

After he posted the challenge in early March, it quickly went viral. Since then, the post has gotten over 100,000 likes and 332,000 shares. However, people haven’t just been sharing and moving on with their lives. Many are actually doing something about it.

Using the hashtag, #trashtag, the movement has spread from Facebook to other social media platforms including Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram. People from all over the world are getting involved! “Here’s an area near Chuuk’s airport that we spent the morning taking care of w/ a total of 147 55gal trashbags mainly filled with beer bottles & beer cans,” shared Twitter user @bbydreann with the above before-and-after-shots. “We hope this says something to people who really care about our island

Early Beginnings

The #trashtag movement actually began a few years back in 2015. Outdoor gear company UCO launched the campaign to encourage people to do a better job of taking care of our planet.

Byron’s post was able to breathe new life into the initiative which he’s happy to see. “I was just looking to add a positive message,” he said in an interview with the Weather Channel. “The message resonated with many around the world, so I guess I inspired more than just my social media friends.”

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With so much going on in the world, the news anchors who deliver the latest updates have become practically celebrities themselves. But who do the people of the United States trust? Morning Consult asked viewers who they trust “a lot” or “not at all” and came up with a list of the most and least trusted people in news. How many people feel the same way about your favorite host that you do?

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Pass Or Fail: The Least and Most Educated States In The U.S., Ranked

The report cards are in. Each year, WalletHub puts out its list of the least and most educated states in the entire country, ranking them according to 18 metrics that include factors like education quality, achievement gaps, and the well-educated population. So which schools passed and which failed? Check out this year’s rankings of which states are making the grades, and which ones are flunking.

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Stuck In The 1950s, This Lost Purse Emerges As An Unexpected Time Capsule

As a middle school custodian in Ohio was making some repairs, a strange item jammed between a locker and a wall happened to catch his eye. It turned out to be an old purse, caked in decades of dust, decay, and neglect. Inside of it was a veritable time capsule, absolute treasures that would leave the school staff — and the purse’s lucky recipients — utterly amazed.

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