A group of cannabis influencers are using their presence on social media for good this weekend, planning beach and neighborhood cleanups across the United States and even into Canada. The brainchild of Anjela (also known as Koala Puffs) and Sasha (also known as Silenced Hippie) the event began with two cleanups, one at California’s Venice Beach and one in Rhode Island.
After making plans for their events via FaceTime, Anjela and Sasha took their cause to Instagram, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Soon, more members of the cannabis community were jumping on board and at least eight cleanups have been scheduled so far, including six added on Wednesday alone.
Koala Puffs said that it’s amazing how quickly members of the cannabis family around the country and beyond have responded to the call to action and organized events in their own communities. In Venice Beach, in addition to picking up trash and litter, the canna-crew of volunteers will also be giving their neighbors experiencing homelessness fresh fruit and bottles of Just Water, an eco-friendly brand founded by Jaden Smith as a way to address plastic pollution. The company donated 30 cases of water that is bottled in plastic made from sugar cane for Sunday’s event.
Koala Puffs added that others have also stepped up to ensure the cleanup is successful, offering to bring trash bags, gloves, and other supplies for themselves and other volunteers.
“Aside from how cool it is that we’re doing something for the environment, seeing so many people that don’t know each other come together and try to help out is just extra great to see,” she said in a telephone interview with High Times.
Cleaning Up Communities And Smashing The Stoner Stigma
Koala Puffs said that she hopes that the cleanups, which have been organized in a matter of days, will show people who harbor negative stereotypes about cannabis users that stoners can be productive members of society who give back to their communities.
“I just want to show people that it doesn’t matter how much somebody smokes, you can still get things done and you can tackle whatever task that you have. It’s all about the mindset and how much you’re willing to do,” she said.
Besides the original East and West Coast cleanups, companion events have already been planned in Chicago, Seattle, Florida, Ontario, New York, New Jersey, Nova Scotia, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and in Texas at South Padre Island and Del Rio.
Koala Puffs is confident it won’t stop there.
“I’m sure that by Sunday there will be even more locations that are joined in,” she said.