Ever struggled to spot a nurdle in the sand?

As this new report by the Surfrider Foundation Europe highlights, in some locations across Europe, it can be difficult to spot sand among the nurdles! 

Over 1000 volunteers across all 7 continent, find millions of plastic pellets washing up on beaches worldwide revealling global extent of industrial plastic pellet (or nurdle) pollution

This year, we teamed up with Nurdle Patrol – a citizen science project collecting information on nurdle pollution across the USA - to share data from their side of the pond.

Bored at home and can’t get out nurdling??

Why not use this quick quiz to explore our website and learn all about nurdles from the comfort of your own sofa?  

Download the quiz here!

That's a wrap for this year. Thank you to all those who took part in The Great Global Nurdle Hunt.


With only one week left to go before 100’s of groups, organisations and individuals hit their local beach to join in the worldwide search for nurdles, we are getting excited!

As it’s such an impossible task, we don’t encourage our nurdle hunters to remove the nurdles, but still we often get asked the question; ‘What should I do with the nurdles I collect?’


Today, the Dutch NGO, Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) has released its results of an investigation into the pollution of rivers and waterways surrounding three major ports in the Netherlands.


As a new year nurdle gift, we want to share with you a bit more detail about the work we're doing behind the scenes to try to tackle pellet pollution at source, stopping it from reaching the sea in the first place.

The time has come again for the annual Great Global Nurdle Hunt.

This time, we want it to be even bigger and are calling for people from all corners of the earth to join us in heading to a beach, searching for nurdles and submitting data online.


Nurdles don't need to become marine litter at all, but we need co-ordinated international action to tackle this global issue at source.