The Nurdle Hurdle

What Are Nurdles and How Do They Harm Our Environment? By Beth Raffell, Guest Blogger Plastic pollution is everywhere, found in all shapes and sizes across our parks, gardens, coastlines and in our oceans. But have you heard about nurdles? Nurdles can be described as small plastic pellets that are about the size of a…

Big Fish ‘Nellie’ visits Chichester Cathedral

Our big fish, Nellie, is currently visiting the grounds of Chichester Cathedral, raising awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans and wildlife. Nellie has been moving around the local area since 2019. It will be in the Cathedral grounds throughout October. It is made from scrap metal, including old trailer parts and…

Evidence of microplastics carrying pathogens in our oceans

By Hannah Cooper, Final Straw Foundation Intern The dangers of microplastics to the marine environment are no stranger to us. From choking and starving marine life, to becoming entangled in habitats and creatures themselves. But could a new-found threat from microplastics pose a wider concern to both lives on land and at sea? A new…

The truth about compostable plastics

By Hannah Cooper, Final Straw Foundation Intern Compostable plastics are everywhere, from plastic bags to cups and straws. It’s great that we are seeing alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastic but compostables may not be the saving grace that they seem. Do they really break down at all? What happens in the ‘real environment’? Do they…