The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2021

How to take part  

WHEN: 1st-31st October 2021

Right now: 

  • Click attending on our Facebook event
  • Share with your friends, colleagues and contacts 
  • Download our participant packs which have all the resources you will need to take part
  • Watch our webinar video below telling you everything you need to know for this year's event
  • Check out our Nurdle Map to see where people have found nurdles so far

 Closer to the time: 

  • Choose a date in October 
  • Head to a beach or your chosen location
  • Source your equipment and recruit your fellow nurdle hunters
  • Get nurdle hunting!
  • Submit your results to us.
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.
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Photo credit: Extinction rebellion Romsey, Chessel Bay Nature Reserve

Participant Packs 

Please download our participant packs below which should have everything you need to take part, including: 

  1. A briefing document for this year’s event.
  2. A Social Media Toolkit for raising awareness/promoting your own event.
  3. A top tips guide for nurdle hunting.
  4. A Nurdle ID chart/recording form.
  5. Promotional posters, images, logos, and social media tiles.

Please feel free to print, use and adapt these resources, and share with anyone else who you think might be interested in taking part.

 

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2021 Webinar

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. 

 

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.

What are nurdles?

Nurdles, or plastic pellets, are small bits of plastic about the size of a lentil. These pellets are the building blocks used to make all the plastic products you use and find today; from wheelie bins to car parts.

Nurdles are transported across the world in their billions and used in almost every country. Because of their size and sometimes poor handling, they are spilled throughout the plastic supply chain. This can happen at any point during production, transport or processing. 230,000 tonnes of nurdles are estimated to be lost  to the seas each year from accidental spills  – that’s billions and billions of pellets. Once at sea, these microplastics can cause harm to marine life where they are often mistaken for food and eaten. Read more about the problem here


Why take part

We are calling for industry to take responsibility of the pellets they handle, and ensure that effective best practice measures are implemented at all stages of the supply chain where pellets are handled to stop this loss at source.

This is a global problem that calls for globally co-ordinated solutions. From trialing solutions with the Scottish government and industry close to home, to raising awareness with EU decision-makers and global trade associations, Fidra are pushing for solutions that work at an international scale. Evidence from our Global Nurdle Hunt is vital for this work.

Our Nurdle Map has shown that people across the world are finding these plastic pellets washed up on their shores. We want to harness this worldwide engagement, showcase the fantastic work people are doing and illustrate to the global plastics industry that the issue of plastic pellet pollution is widespread.  

We are organising The Great Global Nurdle Hunt to encourage people across the world to help us build evidence of the problem. By organising nurdle hunts all over the world along covering thousands of miles of coastline, you can help us show how big this problem is. 

Read more about our solutions work. 

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Photo Credit: Tracey Williams/Lego Lost At Sea
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Photo credit: Tracey Williams/Lego Lost at Sea
The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2020

Last year's Great Global Nurdle Hunt took place between the 13-22 March 2020, more than 1000 volunteers from 28 countries, across all 7 continents, took part.

Nurdle hunters spent over 1200 hours scouring beaches, coastlines and riverbanks for nurdles. A total of 225 nurdle hunts took place worldwide, with over 65 organisations, groups and businesses helping support this event. 

The survey clearly showed that industrial plastic pellet pollution is a global problem; nearly 9 out of 10 hunts found nurdles. 23% of those hunts found more than 1000 nurdles and millions estimated in many of the worst spots surveyed.

A huge effort! Thank you to all those wonderful people who were involved. Let's make this year's Great Global Nurdle Hunt even bigger and better!

 

A selection of photos from the 2020 Great Global Nurdle Hunt: