The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2021

 

The results are in... 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the 2021 Great Global Nurdle Hunt, whether you ran an event, encouraged others to take part or were out on a beach counting you're amazing and thank you. 

Your data was presented to world leaders at COP26 on 9th November! Providing evidence of global pellet polution and that hundreds of people want to see further action. Explore this page for the key findings or download a copy of the report:

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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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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Spread the word

Please download and share a copy of the report with your contacts.  

PRESS RELEASE: If you want to share the details of these results with media contacts in your region please click the button and download our press release:

 

More than 10,000 pellets were counted in two days by The Orca Foundation in South Africa

 

“Beach clean ups are a big part of our program. After seeing the Fidra nurdle movement, we decided to focus most of our clean ups on nurdle collecting.” 

 

About 1 year ago nurdles started washing up in huge numbers along Plettenberg Bays beaches and there has been a huge community drive to help assist in the nurdle problem - which has been amazing. But there is still a lot of work to do. It is the worst of times, but it is the best of times because we still have a chance to make a difference. The Orca Foundation is grateful to be able to educate and make a positive impact on our environment, as well as our community, every day."

 

Melissa Nel, Volunteer Coordinator, The Orca Foundation, South Africa.

 

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Nurdles collected by Melissa N, The Orca Foundation, South Africa. Some of the nurdles counted in South Africa this year are likely to be from the 2017 Durban pellet spill. Billions of pellets spilled into the sea after a container fell from a ship in the port.
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Nurdle hunters in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Parley for the Oceans, Sri Lanka

Your efforts are having a global impact

  

  • Fidra have presented the results of the 2021 Great Global Nurdle Hunt at COP26 in Glasgow, allowing us to highlight pellet pollution to international decision makers. Taking part in the hunt has helped us show that this is a widespread global issue that needs action now.

  

  • We are working with ever more passionate people to achieve the best possible solutions to this pervasive pollution problem. We will continue to expand our global nurdle network and continue to push for action throughout the global plastics supply chain to ensure pellets are handled and contained effectively across the world. 

  

  • Our solutions page showcases these different approaches. This information aims to inspire those looking to start work on pellet solutions. If you have been working on an approach or have any ideas of solutions to nurdle pollution that aren’t listed, we would love to hear from you: info@fidra.org.uk

  

What can I do next?

 

 Keep Hunting!

  • You can take part in a nurdle hunt at anytime, anywhere! By adding data to our online map, you continue to build our worldwide picture of nurdle pollution, supporting solutions work internationally. 

 

Spread the word

  • Share our solutions page with contacts, organisations and decision makers. Why not write to your local decision maker to highlight impacts of pellet pollution on your local beach, or even better, take them along on your next hunt!   
  • Sign this petition which is calling on the International Maritime Organisation to set obligations for industry to take responsibility to prevent nurdle spills at sea. In May 2021, the MV X-Press Pearl spilt 1,680 tonnes of nurdles off the coast of Sri Lanka. It is the worst environmental disaster in the country's history, and the single largest nurdle pollution event the world has ever seen. Read more about this here. 

 

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.

 

Get prepped for next year 

  • Next year’s Great Global Nurdle Hunt is planned to go ahead in October 2022. It’s never too early to start prepping! Get it 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

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. 

 

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.