Nurdles are "pre-production plastic pellet" that are the raw material for the majority of plastic products. Nurdles are tiny round pieces that are smaller than a pea! They are one of the most common debris items on windward side beach cleanups. This image by FIDRA explains how nurdles can enter the waste stream.
SCH named our turtles "Nurdle" to help people remember the name–it does have a ring to it, don't you agree?
Artists Kaiʻili Kaulukukui and Ethan Estess collaborated to create this beautiful sculpture. The OG turtle debuted at the Vans Checkerboard Day in November of 2021. It reveals where our plastic can go once it enters the ocean.
This colorful turtle is made by Ocean Sole, a social enterprise that upcycles flip-flops from Kenya into beautiful art sculptures. Each large turtle is made out of 19 flip-flops and saves 949 lbs of ocean trash from waterways. Use the code "COASTLINES10" to get 10% off your Ocean Sole art piece.
Say hi to our live Nurdle the Turtle! One of SCH's educators will be adorned in the mascot costume to answer questions, take pictures, and have fun! See the turtle in action at the June 1st World Ocean Celebration and Kaimukī Festival on June 18th.
This turtle was a keiki favorite at education events and the first ever nurdle. He was stolen from the SCH van earlier this year. We miss you Nurdle #1!
Photos by FIDRA, Connor Trimble (@connortrimble), Kate Dolbier (@katedolbier), and Caitlyn McCall (@caitlynmccall)