If you’re like me, being in nature sparks magical moments. One of my favorite places to be is running on a dirt trail with nothing but the view of a sunset and wild turkeys. But at times I notice something out of place, something caused by humans in their pursuit of spending time in these beautiful places. I often notice a plastic water bottle, cigarette butts, and yes even a GU Energy Gel packet.
Last week several GU staff joined an event with the Conservation Alliance and Save The Bay to restore these trails we love so much. We were divided into groups: One group picked up trash, and others planted native plants and the removed invasive ones. The group I was in helped remove invasive plants which were taking over the habitat destroying many native plants in the process. Although I was a part of this group I found it hard to also not collect trash along the way. The most prevalent trash items were cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps, and chip bags but you could also see lots of trash washed up along the shore and in the low-tide muck.