500 Shirts Donated to Nurdle Patrol

Thanks to a generous donation from Texans for Clean Water in November 2019, Nurdle Patrollers will be able to show some nurdle love by wearing their own T-shirt. Texans for Clean Water purchased 500 T-shirts that will go to citizen scientists that have been collecting plastic pellet data on beaches and rivers across the U.S. and Mexico. The goal of Texans For Clean Water is to "organize a statewide group of business leaders and local government jurisdictions through a common initiative. Restoring the viability of our waterways improves neighborhoods, brings recreational opportunities to our communities, and encourages economic growth. Education and collaboration between the business community and the government are key to developing and adopting best practices to prevent storm water debris and litter from entering our waterways. Through collaboration we can reach this goal." To learn more about Texans for Clean Water, visit here: https://www.texansforcleanwater.org/

What is a nurdle? It's a lentil size piece of plastic that is the raw material to almost everything made of plastic. Once these nurdles are made, they are shipped all over the world to make everyday plastic products. The nurdles are escaping to the environment at the manufacturing facility when loading/unloading to rail-car or trucks, fall out during transportation, and during spills at sea and on land. The biggest impact is to fish and wildlife that eat the nurdles since they look like a natural food source. Fish, birds, and sea turtles have all been documented as eating these plastics. The nurdles also absorb harmful chemicals such as PCBs and PAHs that are known to impact animals negatively. Nurdle Patrol is trying to find the source of the pellets by counting concentrations on our beaches, bay shorelines, and rivers. Check out the map at www.nurdlepatrol.org to see what data has been collected in your area, and where data still needs to be gathered. Come join us, use your phone, and pick up plastic pellets at your favorite beach!

Have questions, want to become a partner, or want to support the cause? Contact jace@utexas.edu