Environment & Energy Report

There’s a Tiny Plastic Enemy Threatening the Planet’s Oceans

Jan. 11, 2019, 3:13 PM

Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle.

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Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action.

But the nurdles themselves are also a problem. Billions of them are lost from production and supply chains every year, spilling or washing into waterways. A U.K. environmental consultancy estimated last year that preproduction plastic pellets are the second-largest source of marine plastic, after micro-fragments from vehicle tires.

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