Fauna and Flora International – Regulatory approach to prevent plastic pellet pollution in the EU

This briefing, produced by Fauna & Flora International, the Environmental Investigation Agency and Fidra, outlines the urgent action the European Union (EU) should take to ensure that all plastic pellets are handled responsibly across the plastic supply chain.

Pre-production plastic pellets (or “nurdles”), powders and flakes are the raw material used to make virtually all plastic products.1 As a result of poor handling and transportation practices, pellets are routinely spilt and lost to the environment at every stage of the plastic supply chain (e.g. during production, storage, loading and unloading, transport, and conversion into plastic products, including recycling). According to global estimates, by weight, pellets are the second largest direct source of microplastic pollution to the ocean where they are known to cause serious harm to ocean life.


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