Dastardly plastic–the evils of the plastic industry are reaching our little puffin populations. A tiny little plastic pebble called a nurdle is finding its way by the millions into the sea. These nurdles are used for packing and shipping — to keep *things* safe, and are too often finding their way to the sea where they wreak havoc on wildlife. Nurdles is a generic term for almost any plastic little thing like the ones found in cosmetics, detergents and the packing variety. These are created in factories with poor prevention techniques in their draining systems, so they go down the drain and out to the ocean “accidentally”. Mistaken for fish eggs these little plastic toxins are gobbled up by sea birds. There is an estimated 15% of puffins who are found to have these nurdles inside of them!1 That is just unacceptable. “Plastic can get trapped in the animal’s stomach causing ulceration, making them feel full and stopping them eating real food. It is also very likely that highly toxic chemicals on the surface of the plastic transfer into the food chain.”2
While a nice gesture to ask the people to help find and collect these nurdles on the beach before wildlife does, it is too little, too late. Clean up your factories, invest in better drainage systems, stop the leak on your end—or stop making these ridiculous things. How necessary are they? And the convenience they provide, at what cost?