Be trash free


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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

January 10th 2002

Where are you located:


Website or social media url(s) (optional):


Date Started

October 10 2018

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

In 9th grade my geography teacher showed me documentary about the marine life that are dying from all the plastic they're eating in are ocean and about Great Pacific garbage patch and ever since then I have strived to produce no trash in order to save the marin animals

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Death in Marin animals

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

By holding class to teach people how to produce no trash

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When they walk take my class each class will go over different parts of people's life and how in those parts not to make trash example shopping how to shop zero waste

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

People will be able to Lear how to make homemade product in each class un like videos Wear you have to have the ingredients to make

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

The impact my project has made so far is by lessening trash in the Great Pacific garbage patch

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

By making stores markets and restaurants all produced little trash

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

I need space to hold my classes

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

By spreading the word of how your trash is affecting the marine life

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Middle Eastern or North African (for example: Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Moroccan, Algerian) (11)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Other

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?


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Photo of Aidan Kelley

I really like the idea of trying to produce less trash, both to protect marine life, as you stated, and as a means to live more sustainably. I think we could all benefit if you further explained how to use less trash. What techniques will you be teaching in your classes? I am interested in knowing them so I could do my part in protecting the environment and apply them to my own life.

Photo of George Ourfalian

Some things you can do to start out are when you go to a restaurant ask the Waiter for no straw also bring reusable product bags to the super market buy things that normally come in packages in bulk

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