Noxious Nurdles: what on earth are they?


If you love the beautiful beaches on the Mornington Peninsula and want to learn more about how to free them from the harrowing plastics in our oceans, join us for a very informative and educational presentation which includes morning tea, a beach forage and a workshop! Bookings are essential (as numbers are limited) and wear warm, comfortable clothes as we will head out on the beach to pick up plastics with a specially designed foraging fork.

Plastic straws, single-use plastic water bottles, plastic food wrapping and fishing debris are types of marine plastic pollution that we're familiar with, but there's another insidious type that often goes unnoticed: 'Nurdles'. A nurdle is a very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products. They are about the size of a lentil and are considered a “microplastic” because they are less than 5mm in size. Countless billion nurdles are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products and due to accidental spills during processing or transportation, many end up washing up on our shores.

Ricki Hersburgh, Executive Director, Plastic Oceans Australasia
Appointed by the producer of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ (the internationally acclaimed movie) and the founder of Plastic Oceans UK, Ricki has been at the helm of Plastic Oceans Australasia for the past four years. The foundation is based in Melbourne and works throughout the region to change the way we deal with plastic waste. 

Jess Cooper, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Zero Waste Officer
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is adopting an ambitious target to send zero waste directly to landfill by 2030. Jess will join us on the day to talk about how we can do our bit in the community and what the ZERO WASTE Strategy 2020-2030 mean to you!

Liz Walker - Peninsula based Eco artist
Collecting, repurposing and extending the material possibilities of natural ephemera, found detritus and recycled domestic objects play a key role in a practice investigating contemporary social and environmental concerns. Liz will facilitate the workshop where we will make a sea creature from found objects on the beach.


  • Saturday, 21 May 2022 | 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM


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