Marine Debris: Innovative Design & Nurdle Hunts

Alice Kettle - Marine Litter (2014)
Alice Kettle – Marine Litter (2014)

Marine debris is a growing problem the world over. It takes decades, even centuries, for plastics to degrade in the oceans and some of it never completely breaks down. Causing fatalities amongst seabirds, fishes and other organisms, as well as polluting our shores and coasts, it is one of the most complicated and pressing issues marine conservation efforts are faced with. For this reason the EMN would like to highlight two inspiring initiatives to combat this modern plague.

Marine Litter Project

Alice Kettle is a Edinburgh College of Art product design student. Lately she has taken up the challenge of combating marine debris through innovating the design and material composition of plastic products. In this visually compelling presentation she clearly illustrates the problem of marine litter, reviews results from interviews with experts and identifies next steps in her journey towards more sustainable product design.

Nurdle Hunt

Hurdle? Curdle? No, nurdle! These are the plastic pellets used to make all kinds of products (bottles, bags, buckets…). Unfortunately a lot of it ends up in the sea, the bellies of marine animals and birds, and on our shores. FIDRA, a new NGO working with the Marine Conservation Society and Scottish Seabird Centre among other charities, is launching a Nurdle Hunt to rid to Firth of Forth of these pesky pellets! Additionally, they are building partnership with local industries to ensure the nurdles never even make it into the water. See how you can join the Great Nurdle Hunt!