Nurdles the Problem

 

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WHAT ARE NURDLES?

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Countless billion are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up washing up on our shores.

 

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HOW DO THEY END UP AT SEA?

Spills and mishandling by industry can mean nurdles end up at sea. Our planets oceans are now accumulating nurdles in worryingly large numbers.

 

 

 

WHY ARE NURDLES HARMFUL?

Unlike large pieces of plastic marine litter, nurdles are so small that they go largely unnoticed. However scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about their effect on our delicate marine ecosystem.

 

PLASTIC

A TOXIC COMBINATION

PLASTIC

SMALL, SMALLER, MICROSCOPIC

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Nurdles attract and concentrate background pollutants like DDT and PCBs to highly toxic levels.  Nurdles do not go away – like other plastic over time they just fragment into smaller and smaller plastic particles.
 
 PLASTIC

EATEN BY ANIMALS

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Like other plastics nurdles are mistaken
for prey by many marine animals and
seabirds and enter the food chain.


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