We are excited to announce that this year the Great Global Nurdle Hunt is going take place 1-31 October 2021.

Given the uncertainty around world on the progress of the Covid 19 pandemic and associated restrictions we are holding the event later in the year than previously and extending it for a whole month!

Stopping nurdle pollution requires the whole plastics industry to follow the highest possible standards of plastic pellet control. In a new set of briefings, Fidra have teamed up with partners Fauna & Flora International to set out clearly our expectations for an effective set of standards and certification schemes that can be used to stop pellets escaping to the environment. 

While we see legislation as ultimately needed to make sure all companies across the huge, complex plastics supply chain are handling pellets without unnecessary pollution, well-designed standards and certifications are a vital first step to making an effective industry-wide system to tackle pellet loss at source.

This blog explains a bit more about this stepping stone to stopping pellet pollution.

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.