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Skincare…… Nurdle Knowledge!

To continue our Nurdle Knowledge journey… I invited a special guest “speaker” to answer questions about the topic. Kelsey Abbott is a woman of many (many) talents with a Masters Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. I asked Kelsey a few questions so we could get to know her a little better before we jump into the Nurdle Business…. her fabulous answers are as follows:

1) So Kelsey, before we get into that Nurdle Knowledge… share with the Lookin Good Girl audience a little bit about yourself? How do you even know about Nurdles?  

Well, I’m a marine biologist—err, a non-practicing marine biologist—and a lover of funny words (like brouhaha, haboob, rapscallion…and nurdle). I used to be a “real” marine biologist and then I found that my real passion was in teaching people about science so I became a science writer. As a science writer I get to write about cool* things like the Pacific Trash Vortex, which is an enormous collection of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Trash Vortex is filled with a wide variety of garbage, but a lot of that garbage is plastic and a lot of that plastic is in nurdle-form.

 *Obviously, the fact that there’s a giant mass of garbage in the middle of the ocean is horrible, but scientifically, its existence is fascinating.
2) Marie Foleo has a term I love… “Multi-passionate entrepreneur”… I hear you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur…. what do you do for work? 
I really like how you worded that. Yes! I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur. In addition to the science-writing gig, I’m a personal trainer and a USAT-certified triathlon coach. I teach some fun classes (like core strength, TRX and indoor cycling), coach a big group of awesome female triathletes and coach individual athletes.  
3)What do you like to do for fun? Do you do any cooking? Blogging? 
I’m kind of hyperactive so I love doing anything that involves moving. I like to play outside and I like to play in the kitchen. If I had an outdoor kitchen, I’d be very happy….if I had an outdoor kitchen with a pool and a zipline, I’d be very, very happy. And yes, I blog occasionally. I have a food blog called Healthy-ish where I post recipes and the occasional race report.  
4)How do you feel about a) Marky Mark and b) The Funky Bunch?
Ummm, I LOVE them! Or at least I love them together and I love Marky Mark alone. Honestly, I’ve never thought about The Funky Bunch without Marky Mark before, but they’re Massholes and I’m a Masshole so I’m sure we’d get along quite well.

Marky Mark (without the Funky Bunch)

5)I’ve heard you dabble in Triathlon events… care to expand upon this? 
Yeah, as I mentioned earlier, I’m hyperactive. I swam and played water polo throughout high school and college and once I got to grad school I found that I desperately needed something (other than my Masters thesis) to focus on. Triathlon filled that need and now I’m addicted.
(Kelsey is actually a World-Class Athlete… Like flew to New Zealand last Fall to represent the United States sort of Word-Class Athlete….)

Kelsey Abbott -TEAM USA World Triathlon Series

Ohh…Hey… Here’s Kelsey now… finishing as the 2nd (!!!!!) American in her age group (15th overall in her age group) and the 5th American Woman in the whole damn race in the 2012 World Championship !
Yes. That’s a big deal. She finished the triathlon in an Hour and 19 mins! 
Okay…. It’s Nurdle Time…..What are they?
Nurdles are tiny bits of plastic and they serve two different purposes. First, nurdles are pre-production plastic. Instead of shipping huge slabs of plastic all over the world, nurdle-makers ship more than 250 billion pounds of nurdles to processing centers each year. Here they are molded into plastic toys, plastic chairs, plastic bottles—every shape of plastic we’re used to seeing. Nurdles are also used as exfoliators in cosmetics.
AND, here’s an interesting factoid: That perfect wave-like shape of toothpaste depicted on most toothpaste packaging is known as a nurdle.
Why do they pose an environmental threat?
1.) Nurdles rarely stay put. They’re small and light and just generally hard to wrangle. (Last July, a shipping vessel caught in a storm off the coast of Hong Kong spilled 150 tons of nurdles into the sea.)
2.) They’re plastic. Plastic never really goes away. Even “biodegradable” plastic bags, which manufacturers claim will take 49 days to degrade in salt water, take at least 3 years to break down.
3.) They’re toxic suckers. Nurdles are super-absorbent and when they’re surrounded by chemicals like pesticides and PCBs, as they are in the ocean, they eat that sh*t up. A single nurdle can be one million times more toxic than the water in which it floats. 
4.) They get eaten. Seabirds, fish and marine mammals accidentally or intentionally eat tons of plastic every year. (Nurdles look like fish eggs.) And every year, up to one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and loads of fish die from plastic. And, umm, some fish that eat nurdles don’t choke or starve from eating plastic. They survive…at least long enough to land on your plate.
How big are they? 
Technically, nurdles are plastic resin pellets. They can be as small as a grain of sand and as big as a chickpea.

Naughty Nurdles

What is the technical name for Nurdles… because readers probably won’t see that word on the back of their products when they go to look, right? 
Nurdles are found in shampoos, toothpastes, body washes and all sorts of cosmetics. Companies will typically advertise their nurdle-use right on the front of the bottle, but they often use the term “microbeads.” On the back of the bottle, you might see the word “polyethylene.”
What are the biggest culprits for housing Nurdles? 
Anything that claims to scrub or exfoliate is likely to house the little buggers.
Any suggestions for our readers as to how they can start eliminating Nurdles from their lives?
Plastic is everywhere. It’s really hard to avoid it, but if we all become a little more mindful of our plastic usage and try to reduce our use wherever possible, that’ll certainly be a step in the right direction. And when it comes to skincare, well, does rubbing plastic beads on your face really sound like a good idea?
To Recap this awesome post:
  •  If you’re at allll interested in working with Kelsey …. she gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! But don’t take my word for it… go ahead and get Kelsey as your coach and watch yourself kick butt in all your athletic endeavors! Kelsey can be contacted by emailing her at: kelsey @thesustainableathlete . com
  • Or check her out at Healthy-ish
  • And… if reading all these interesting facts about Nurdles makes you want to go Nurdle Free… you can check out  the previous Skincare in a Flash post: Nurdles . There are several Apriori items that are totally, 100% Nurdle Free!!

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Skincare in a Flash….Nurdles

A post to provide you information in a quickly absorbed manner. Kind of like flashcards for skincare.

This week it’s all about the Nurdles, baby! They’re probably something you’ve never heard of but may have used on many occasions!

What are they: “Nurdles are the tiny bits of plastic that are melted down and used in the production of plastic bags, bubble wrap, packaging and wrapping material. They can be responsible for the sickness and death of fish and birds when they are mistaken for food” – EPA.gov 

What does this have to do with skincare: Nurdles are also found in beauty products (face scrubs, body washes) and usually come with the unassuming, non-threatening title of “gentle microbeads”.

Coming Attraction: Look for next week’s post featuring a special guest who knows first hand why Nurdles should be making a mass exodus from your skincare regiment.

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