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Yes Nurdle, No Nurdle

Have you heard people talking about nurdles? Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used as the raw material to make almost everything plastic, and they are washing up on shorelines, floating down rivers, and accumulating in lakes and along railroads? The pellets are made and stored in large silos, then blown into railcars, trucks, or put in Gaylord sacks or large bags where they are shipped all over the country, and world. The nurdles are small and light weight, which makes them hard to contain. When See full article

Published: 2019-12-10 15:08:14


Nurdle Patrol, One Year Later

One year ago, Mission-Aransas Reserve wanted to monitor the movement of nurdles (plastic pellets) around the beaches of the Texas Coastal Bend after a spill of nurdles was found in late September 2018. The goal was to see how far the nurdles had spread, how long the nurdles would be around, and removing the pellets from the beach so animals could not eat them. The interest to monitor the nurdles by citizens was so great, that groups in every state, and Mexico, along the Gulf started conducting 10 See full article

Published: 2019-12-06 08:20:45


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 See full article

Published: 2019-11-10 10:53:43


One Size Fits All, Not! Shape, Size, and Color of Nurdles

When you think of plastic pellets (nurdles), you might think of the typical small, round, white bead. Actually, there are many shapes, sizes, and colors. The shapes and sizes of the nurdles comes from the metal extrusion plate that melted plastic is pushed through like spaghetti before being cooled and chopped into its shape and size. Shapes can be round, flat, square, cylindrical, and various other shapes. The colors can vary as well, with some pellets starting out as opaque and turning yellow with See full article

Published: 2019-10-26 11:09:10


Record Plastic Pellet Concentrations at the Beach with Your Phone!

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a science project, and one where the data will actually make a difference? Well, here is your chance. The Nurdle Patrol is a citizen science project where people go to their local beach and look for tiny plastic pellets, called nurdles, for ten minutes. After 10 minutes of searching, simply go to NurdlePatrol.org and submit your data on your phone, or at home at your computer! The information can be seen immediately on a map, can be printed, and can be used by See full article

Published: 2019-10-14 10:43:38


NurdlePatrol.org Launches, Allows World to Enter Plastic Pellet Data

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute just launched a new interactive mapping website that allows citizen scientists to add plastic pellet (nurdles) data into a mapping system to show where the highest concentrations of nurdles are being found across the U.S. and Mexico. www.NurdlePatrol.org, Nurdles are small plastic pellets that are the raw material to almost everything made of plastic, and they are getting out into the environment See full article

Published: 2019-10-06 19:13:45


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