And this is only Europe. The Great Nurdle Hunt, a Scottish organisation, estimates that about 230 billion kilos of plastic nurdles enter our seas and oceans every year. That amount is likely to be far higher as there is no data available for several countries, including China.
This puts nurdles in second place of microplastics pollution in the environment. ‘Secondary’ microplastics, small particles released by the wear and tear of textiles and tyres, are at number one.