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Making Friends with the LA River

“The FoLAR volunteer event was a great experience for team bonding, cleaning up the environment, and enjoying local green spaces in the urban area."

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.”

avery dennison employees volunteer for friends of the la river

The team spent two hours in the river working together to clean up trash. The waste collected consisted of metal objects, clothing, industrial pieces, plastics and more. In the end, they gathered 54 bags of trash that were then sent to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and LA Sanitation yard for further sorting and weighing. This day of service relieved the LA river of ¾ of a ton of waste (1,500 pounds), which would otherwise pollute our ocean and also affect the ecology of all river-adjacent communities.

“Joining my Avery Dennison colleagues at the clean-up gave me the opportunity to finally get on the river. It’s a great example of seeing our sustainability value in action. It felt great caring for our planet and our community by taking the time to clear debris, while getting to know people outside the office,” reflected Noelle Ito, CSR and Avery Dennison Foundation specialist.

avery dennison volunteers for the friends of the la river
avery dennison volunteers for the friends of the la river

For 29 years, FoLAR has partnered with LA residents to clean the Los Angeles River and protect our oceans from harmful waste. Avery Dennison employees joined this ongoing, year-round movement to contribute to the restoration of our habitat and build a community through the power of collective action.

“The FoLAR volunteer event was a great experience for team bonding, cleaning up the environment, and enjoying local green spaces in the urban area,” expressed Jeff Chen, IT data analyst contractor. “It was great to partner with colleagues from our Glendale office to volunteer and support the important work being done by FoLAR to ensure a healthy and vibrant  LA river system,” added Rob Six, vice president of global corporate communications.

avery dennison volunteers for the friends of the la river

Avery Dennison employees continue to do their part and support communities where we work and live. As we work toward our 2025 sustainability goals, we’re thinking bigger and reaching higher, applying our collaborative spirit, passion for innovation, and technical expertise to transform our operations, our products, our industry, and, ultimately, our world.

Follow our hashtags: #ADvolunteers #togetherAD #ADsustainability

To learn more about our sustainability efforts, visit sustainability.averydennison.com.
To learn more about the Friends of the LA River, visit folar.org.


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