"Trashy can be cool," says Timothy Chua, the creator behind the Traceless movement. But not when it covers the entire grounds of Gardens by the Bay, the current home of Laneway Festival.
Yes, we're talking about Trashy, that one act at festivals that we detest but keeps returning to the line up. They are rude, foul and no one wants to see nor go near them. Not to mention, having seen its share of line-up changes, from food wrappers to discarded raincoats — they have stuck it out for years.
While the organisers have been actively attempting to kick them off the festival, their efforts are never enough on its own. As with the case served by Traceless, we're responsible to weed them out with common consideration and more hands.
But let's keep it clean and simple, Traceless aims for us to keep the Gardens by the Bay as it was the other 364 days of the year: traceless.
The extensive amount of trash left on the grounds of Gardens by the Bay last year prompted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to comment on it.
"A famous annual bonfire gathering in America adopts the principle of leaving no trace," says Timothy Chua on the Traceless event page. "We believe that together we can achieve an equally amazing feat at Laneway and leave The Meadows looking as awesome as it was at the start of the party. "
You don't have to go around picking unattended trash on the floor if you don't want to. The point of Traceless is to encourage us to take tiny baby steps and relegate trash into the bins, or even pack our own trash bags. It is only from here that we can progress towards a thoughtful society, and also quickly attain a few of those karma points at the start of the new year.
If you're headed to Laneway this year, join the pledge to be more mindful of your trash at the official Traceless event page on Facebook.