The Great Global Nurdle Hunt launches

October marks the start of the Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2021 event. Whether you’re a regular hunter or new to nurdles, this year we want as many people as possible to take part, as we are showcasing the results of the hunt at COP26 on 9th November. This is our opportunity to get pellet pollution on the agenda of international decision makers, to drive change and take steps towards ending nurdle pollution for good. Take part in a nurdle hunt throughout October to help raise awareness and show the extent of nurdle pollution!  

Get involved  

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt is our global citizen science project aiming to generate evidence and awareness of plastic pellet pollution. Anyone can contribute to, and build evidence of this issue. To take part, all you need to do is head to your local beach, count the number of nurdles you find and submit your data to the global map – 

Live inland or have trouble reaching a beach? Nurdles have been found on riverbanks and lake shores so it doesn’t rule out taking part – wherever you hunt though, please make sure it is safe to do so, keeping an eye on tide times, water levels or weather. Read our top tips for hunting nurdles

How can taking part stop nurdle pollution?  

Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets, about the size of a lentil. They are the building blocks used to make almost all our plastic products. But these tiny pieces of plastic are adding up into a big problem as they leak out all along the plastic supply chain in their billions. 

We want to see industry take responsibility of the pellets they handle and to stop this pollution at source. This means putting in place multiple layers of protection to reduce spills, and prevent any remaining spills being lost to the environment.  

Evidence from our Global Nurdle Hunt is vital for this work. The Nurdle Map shows that people across the world are finding these plastic pellets washed up on their shores. We harness this worldwide engagement by showcasing the fantastic work people are doing to show the global plastics industry and decision-makers that plastic pellet pollution is widespread and, importantly, people care about it.   

This creates public pressure to hold industry accountable and implement solutions. By taking part you are helping to demonstrate how big this problem is and you’re helping to support calls to end plastic pellet pollution once and for all.  

Harnessing a global nurdle network  

This is a global problem that calls for globally coordinated solutions. Through the Great Global Nurdle Hunt Fidra work with organisations internationally who are also working on nurdle solutions which is why this year lots of participation is key to showcase the Great Global Nurdle Hunt data and solutions work of all worldwide participants to decision makers at COP26. 

Help us make 2021 the most impactful year yet – let’s get nurdle hunting! 

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