Whilst studying Product Design at the University of Edinburgh, I was introduced by the surf club to the great work that Surfers Against Sewage do. During my final year, I committed my research to marine waste and became determined to use my design skills to help this issue. After spending many a windy and rainy day examining and cleaning Scottish beaches, I became overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem and decided to choose nurdles as my ‘battle to tackle’. This led me to design the NURDkit, which is a toolkit (fabricated from recycled nurdles) designed to facilitate easier removal of plastic nurdles from beaches, whilst also educating highlighting the larger issue of plastic marine waste.
I continue to examine the role and responsibility designers play within this field and am currentlya designer at an Edinburgh based compostable packaging company that uses ‘plants not plastic’. I look forward to carrying SAS’s message across the coasts of Edinburgh/Scotland … and to get everyone ‘nurdling’!