25 Of The Best Responses To #TRASHTAG Challenge
The latest online challenge is really picking up momentum (and trash)
It began at the weekend with two photos shared on Facebook, along 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.’
The first picture was of a guy in front of an area which needed a clean-up, the second, was the same guy in the same spot, but with 9 bags full of trash.
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HOW FISHING FOR PLASTIC IS BECOMING THE LATEST HOLIDAY CRAZE
Michiel De Gooijer is the founder of BrightVibes and loves Menorca.
"I’ve been to Menorca on holiday for 7 times. It’s an incredibly beautiful island with amazing beaches, crystal clear sea, great food, kind people, amazing sunsets and great climate. But I noticed more and more plastic in the sea. Rather than just being annoyed by it – and as I kind of sit all day on my *ss anyway ;-), I bought a net and decided to clean up the sea and the beached I visited.
I hope to inspire many others to follow suit. Of course I know we cannot solve the plastic problem on our own, but we can all make a difference." said Michiel.
SO MUCH MORE TO DO, BUT WE’RE NOT POWERLESS
Of course Michiel is aware that to tackle the plastic pollution problem, many actions need to be taken. As he says:
"Naturally there is so much that needs to be done. The plastic problem can be overwhelming. Now in order to get into action mode, I try to make the problem smaller.
That’s why I focus on things that you and I can do in our daily lives, to help fight plastic waste. And simply leaving places behind cleaner than we found them, does make a difference. Not if I do it alone, but I know that there’s a fast growing group of people that also wants to do something.
Cleaning up your environment is one thing. But there are many more things we can do. Most of the waste I found in the sea comes from single-use plastic products, like PET bottles, plastic bags, razors, plastic bags, q-tips, balloons, straws etc.
The good news is that we easily quit, or at least drastically decrease, the consumption of these products and use sustainable alternatives, without having to give up on convenience."
For examples, check out or article on 9 Bits of Plastic You Can Quit Today
9 REASONS REASONS TO REFUSE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC + 9 TIPS FOR LIVING WITH LESS OF IT
We need a massive shift in our collective behaviour and we all have the power to make change when we own our actions and their consequences.