On June 20, 2018, the Avery Dennison corporate Green Team and employees from our headquarters in Glendale, California gathered at Bette Davis Park in Glendale to volunteer a day of service with the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR). The Los Angeles River runs for more than 51 miles, so cleaning the river is no easy task. Together, volunteers, organizations and communities are rallying together to clean up the river and help improve the face of Los Angeles.
With trash grabbers and bags in hand, 30 employee volunteers ventured out to the banks and depths of the river to collect trash and objects that are harmful to the environment and threaten the sustainability of the surrounding communities.
“I loved seeing how we broke into smaller teams to tackle the various parts of the clean-up. Some teams ventured far up and down river; some cleaned up piles of nails and other metals from the banks, others poked through the brush and mud to uncover hidden trash,” explains Anne Absey, Avery Dennison corporate communications coordinator and clean-up event organizer. “It was inspirational to see some courageous colleagues go out to the middle of the river, up to their ankles in water, to collect trash. I took their lead and was soon slogging through the muck as well.”