The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

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Save the date! 

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt is back! Join us this September 19th - October 17th 2022. This year we are theming the hunt around big spills. Find out how you can get involved below. Save the date in your diaries and join us this September to learn more about nurdle pollution all around the world, how nurdles impact your area and how to join calls to stop this pollution.

If you're new to the hunt, The Great Global Nurdle Hunt is our annual event, which asks organisations and individuals to organise nurdle hunts at the same time all around the world to draw attention to this issue and collect a snapshot of data on global plastic pellet pollution.

 

Focusing on Big Spills 

This year we will be theming the Great Global Nurdle Hunt on big spill events. We want to showcase how these big nurdle spill events, like the X-press Pearl disaster have impacted regions around the world and give communities and organisations a chance to use this platform to shout for solutions. We are hoping the event and results this year can support the countries who have submitted proposals to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to have pellets reclassified as dangerous goods and the wider work on global pellet solutions. 

Register

If you want to register an event please do so below!

This way we can keep track of how many people, groups and organisations we have taking part. We can track the number of countries our Global #NurdleHunt will reach and we will also be able to send you updates and event news leading up to, and during The Great Global Nurdle Hunt.

 

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Map of Public Events

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How to take part

 

 Choose a day between 19th Sep - 17th Oct

  • First of all choose a day to go nurdle hunting. If you're organising a bigger event, it's good to decide on a date soon so you have plenty of time to promote your event. Resources to help you organise and promote your hunt will be uploaded to this webpage soon! Why don't you start by watching our webinar on the Great Global Nurdle Hunt and how to organise your own event at the bottom of this webpage. 

 

Count the number of nurdles you find 

  •    All you have to do to take part is count and record the number of nurdles you find, the number of people hunting and how long it took you. You can find top tips of where to look and how to identify nurdles on our take part page. 

 

Keep in touch 

  • Share your nurdle story with us and with your friends on social media. Tell people why you think taking part in a nurdle hunt is important, where you go nurdle hunting and what you find. Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to keep up to date with all the latest nurdle news. You can sign up to the mailing list on the homepage of this website.

 

Spread the word!  

  • Get this year's event penciled in your diary and start to spread the word, follow us on social media to keep updated (Twitter: @greatnurdler, Facebook:@nurdlehunt)

 

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Nurdles collected by Wild Oceans, South Africa
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Menos Plastisco es Fantastico doing a nurdle hunt in Mexico

A selection of photos from the 2021 Great Global Nurdle Hunt:

2021's Key Findings

Please note, the figures below have been amended to show the most up to date information from the event, some of the findings were received after the report had been published on the 9th November 2021 and therefore have not been included in the report above. 

  • A total of 284 nurdle hunts took place. 
  • The latest count of countries participating shows 24 out of 26 participating countries found nurdles. 
  • The two countries that didn’t find any nurdles this year (Portugal and UAE) both have found nurdles in previous years. 
  • 952 people took part in the global event this year including 52 organisations, businesses, and community groups from across the world.  
  • A total of 755 volunteer hours were spent hunting – an incredible effort! 
  • 80% of all the 284 hunts that took place found at least 1 nurdle.
  • Six new countries took part this year: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Vietnam, Switzerland and Costa Rica.
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The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2021 Webinar

We ran a webinar for nurdle hunt organisers on the 4th August 2021. Catch up on the first 30 minutes of the webinar below. This will tell you everything you need to know about nurdles, the great nurdle hunt project and how to organise your own hunt. 

 

We ran a webinar for nurdle hunt organisers on the 4th August 2021. Don't worry if you couldn't make it! Catch up on the first 30 minutes of the webinar below. This will tell you everything you need to know about nurdles, the great nurdle hunt project and how to organise your own hunt or event for October.