Plastic giants polluting through the back door

Lead Organization: Surfrider Foundation Europe, Rethink Plastic

Author: Annette Gravier (Surfrider Foundation Europe) and Gaëlle Haut (Surfrider Foundation Europe)


This report aims to highlight a massive source of pollution which is damaging biodiversity and threatening our lives : plastics pellets. Pellets, also called nurdles, are the raw material used for the manufacture of plastic products. Their lentil-sized dimensions make them easily spilled, wherever in the supply chain they are handled. They are the second most significant source of microplastic pollution.