The Guardian, Feb 2017: A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK
has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.
The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by
industry to make new plastic products. But searches of 279 shorelines from
Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%) contained pellets. The largest
number recorded in the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt weekend in early February were
found at Widemouth Bay in Cornwall, where 33 volunteers from the Widemouth Task
Force collected about 127,500 pellets on a 100-metre stretch of beach.