WHAT ARE 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 and spillages are common – 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.
Nurdles make up a large fraction of micro-plastics in the environment yet, broken down plastic shards, bio-beads, and polystyrene are just as common.
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