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What Are Nurdles?

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By Kevin Sandford 

Monday, February 1st, at the Tarpon Springs Campus students and faculty welcomed Lara Milligan from the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Microplastics are small, under 5mm, round and come in various colors and are called nurdles. Microplastic sized nurdles form when large plastics break down or are purposely manufactured. We use microplastics in everyday products we use like toothpaste and skin cream exfoliants. Attendees were warned to check their products and avoid the chemical named polyethelyne. It was shocking that these microplastics have accumulated in our oceans. The best way to avoid plastics is to reduce, reuse, recycle and now REFUSE plastic items.


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