Fidra launches Great Global Nurdle Hunt

Thousands of people are set to take part in The Great Global Nurdle Hunt from 13-22 March 2020, with events in over 25 countries.

From Scotland to South America people are heading to the beach searching for these tiny plastic pellets as part of Fidra’s work to prevent nurdle pollution. Nurdles are the starting materials for many plastic products. They are made and transported around the world before being melted down to make plastic products, leaking out of the supply chain at every stage in the process. These plastic pellets are washing up on beaches around the world. Nurdles look a lot like fish eggs, which many species eat, and have been found in fish, seabirds and turtles. Not only does the plastic itself cause a problem for wildlife but nurdles also host toxic chemical and biological contaminants.

To help prevent this plastic pollution you can do your own Nurdle Hunt by heading to a beach or waterway and reporting your finds at Finds from the Great Global Nurdle Hunt are added to an online map, evidencing the scale of this plastic pollution and demonstrating that people worldwide care about this issue. Fidra’s Great Global Nurdle Hunt team have some key tips and hints to help you hunt. Or you can take part in one of the Nurdle Hunts open to the public taking place around the world from 13-22 March.

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