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Nurdle Machine 2018-09-13T13:27:52+00:00

THE BARREL

Made from stainless steel and lightweight aluminium, the barrel is welded together with 6 support bars and an end piece, making it super lightweight and strong. The barrel has a handle attached to the end, for ease of use, and a microplastic emptying hatch; allowing everything under 5mm to drop out into a collection bucket with a couple of spins. The guards are also made from aluminium and are extremely easy to attach and detach to reduce storage space or when using in high winds.

THE SIEVE

Sand is a finite resource, and although you may not know it; we are running out. We have measured hundreds of microplastic nurdles from 34 different UK beaches, allowing us to pick the perfect aperture for the collection of microplastics, whilst leaving all the sand at the beach. Made from stainless steel for maximum lifetime.

THE FRAME

Lightweight and modular, made from strengthened PVC, allows 1 person to easily carry and set up the frame ready for the barrel sieve to be attached. Each roller has sealed bearings to protect it from salt corrosion, allowing it to run smoothly, and the bearings are very inexpensive to replace.

THE NEED

An estimated 6,600,000,000,000 individual nurdles pollute european seas, and they are notoriously hard to remove. We want to help. 100% of our profits go towards building and operating more trommels to remove as many as possible. Nurdles are some of the worst ocean plastic pollutants there is, and pose a far greater threat than a plastic bottle to wildlife. They are often ingested by fish, who mistake them for floating fish eggs or birds, who pick at the tideline in search of maggots and larvae in the seaweed. 

NURDLES

Nurdles are the raw industrial form of plastic. To make your plastic item, nurdles are poured into an extrusion, compression, or injection moulding machine to be heated and moulded into the desired shape. They are small, between 3-5mm so that they can act as a liquid when measuring out proportions. Unfortunately, nurdles are very cheap to buy. 15kg of nurdles costs around £40 and contains nearly half a million plastic pellets. Because they are very cheap, spillages are very common and if you’ve ever been to a plastic manufacturing plant, you’ll know that they are absolutely everywhere, inside and outside.

Nurdles are spilt at all points in their production, from initial creation, to transportation, to moulding and finally when they’re recycled again. The only way to prevent nurdles from entering the environment is to make the facilities that deal with them nurdle-tight.

ENQUIRE ABOUT GETTING ONE FOR YOUR OWN BEACH

Built by The Joshua Tree Project, in North Devon, the construction of our sieves provide volunteering, internship and employment opportunities for those with learning difficulties, disabilities or mental health issues at the Joshua Tree Project.

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