5 February 2017
On 5 February 2017, we organised a nurdle hunt on Hastings beach as part of a day of action organised by environmental charity Fidra. Nurdles are tiny pieces of plastic, about the size of a lentil, which are used to make nearly all plastic products. Spills and mishandling by manufacturers mean that many end up in the sea. They attract and concentrate background pollution like DDT and PCBs to highly toxic levels, and can end up in the food chain when eaten by fish, birds and other marine animals. They never go away, but simply break down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic.
We found over 300 hurdles in an hour: our results will be incorporated into a report for the government on microbeads. More information: www.fidra.org.uk