Khal Drogo’s iconic beard is no more.
But it’s for an environmental (and not that dog fur germ-themed study) reason.
The 39-year-old Hawaii-born actor shared footage of himself shearing off his signature bristles to Instagram on Wednesday:
“Goodbye DROGO, AQUAMAN, DECLAN, BABA,” he captioned the post, in reference to the fictional characters he has portrayed while wearing the now-departed beard.
“I’m SHAVING this beast off, It’s time to make a change,” wrote Momoa. “A change for the better ... for my kids, your kids, the world. Let’s make a positive change for the health of our planet.”
The video is a promo for a new range of recyclable canned water, which Momoa has worked on with the Ball Corporation. It is set to hit the shelves in the U.S. later this year, a company spokesperson told HuffPost.
Momoa says later in the clip that he hates going on an airplane with a small plastic water bottle and that “there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle … that’s aluminum.”
The actor’s call for action comes amid growing awareness of the negative impact that plastics, and in particular single-use plastics, are having on the world.
Some 19 billion pounds of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans annually, threatening wildlife, and researchers warn that disturbing tally will double within the next six years if drastic measures are not implemented.
Despite the well-meaning intentions behind Momoa’s new look (which likely also came during filming for his new movie “Dune,”) it was met with a mixed reaction online:
jason momoa just shaved his beard off and now nothing makes sense in this world pic.twitter.com/02OMMttsIS— joe (@joedeal_) April 18, 2019
Ok I’m fucking sick of you lot not giving a shit about climate change. Jason Momoa has shaved his beard off in protest. What did I do to deserve this!? I RECYCLE EVERYTHING I TOUCH— Aunty Fin (@finplaydirty) April 18, 2019
Jason Momoa has shaved his beard off and I must admit he looks #jasonmomoa— RaeBelle (@RaeBelle84) April 18, 2019
Jason Momoa shaved his beard off but he still looking fine as hell 🤤 bae for life.— elizabeth ambrosini (@elambro04) April 18, 2019
Jason Momoa has shaven off his beard.— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) April 18, 2019
I- we’ve arrived at an interesting point in our relationship and would be extremely greatful if you could respect our privacy during this trying and emotional time. Tysm xx pic.twitter.com/3VHs6rxmKc
Jason Momoa is FIINNE with or without the beard. Stop playin. pic.twitter.com/89kOaNpcSO— Lady Sunshyne of House Targaryen (@Jord_yynn) April 18, 2019
This article has been updated with clarification of Momoa’s involvement with the product.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.