Retailers concerned by the ever-growing scourge of marine plastic pollution can, at long last, take practical action to tackle an entirely preventable form of plastic pollution within their supply chains. From July 2021, a first-of-its-kind pellet handling standard will be freely available from the British Standards Institute for use by all companies that either procure plastic goods or directly handle or transport plastic pellets.
‘Plastic pellets’ is a term used to collectively refer to the microplastic-sized plastic pellets, flakes and powders that form the very building blocks of plastic manufacturing. Produced in their billions at refineries and recycling facilities, pellets are small, cheap and until recently, spills and losses were deemed inconsequential. However, with growing awareness of marine microplastic pollution, it is now known that loss of these pellets, also known as ‘nurdles’, amounts to the second largest direct source of microplastic pollution.