Nurdle’s mission is to remove and recycle micro plastics (also called nurdles) that are polluting the shores. Nurdle - the business - remould these plastic beads into things of beauty which you can buy. Profits are then used to fund beach/ocean clean-up work. Simply put, Nurdle want to make marine plastic extinct.
What are nurdles and what’s the problem?
What is a ‘nurdle’ we hear you ask. It’s a term for a gentle nudge-like cricket shot coined by Richie Benaud we hear some of you say. Well it is that but in this context nurdles are tiny - four or five millimetre in size - plastic pellets. They are preproduction plastics which, due to their minute size, can be easily transported in container ships. They are melted down and moulded into a variety of plastic products we use every day. The problem is that millions of these pellets get washed overboard and end up on our beaches and in the sea. This causes huge environmental damage to wildlife and our beaches.
Where is the business based?
Right here in Plymouth. Nurdle successfully received investment from Plymouth University to develop their business idea.
What do they sell?
Nurdle are developing a range of products including key rings and coasters. They also sell t-shirts to raise awareness.
Why do we like them?
It’s a simple solution to a big problem. It’s enterprising. They are great guys too - they are always out cleaning beaches.
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