Save Our Reefs. Sun Creams & Screens

Save Our Reefs. Sun Creams & Screens

Environment-friendly, natural sunscreen cause no harm or damage to marine life and coral reefs. Did you know that dozens of tons of sunscreens end up in corals worldwide? Did you know that tens of thousands of chemicals from personal care products end up in the oceans of the world? Did you know that  one of the mist prominent contributors to this massive pollution is sunscreen? 

Why are sunscreen so deadly to coral reefs? Scientific research dictates that chemicals of the oxybenzone and octinoxate variety are the main contributors.  They are popular with sunscreen use because they absorb harmful UV rays. 

They lead to bleaching and can cause deformation of embryonic corals. And you know what? It only takes a couple of hours for the chemicals to have a devastating effect.

Meanwhile the ‘industry’ has responded to combat the damaging side effects of sunscreens. Under the umbrella of the Safe Sunscreen Council,  developers, manufacturers and trading companies go hand in hand to work together and raise awareness about the impact of toxic sunscreen ingredients.

One of the developments is an environment-friendly formula for non-nano zinc oxide-based sunscreen. There’s also another alternative, called non-nano titanium dioxide. It’s good to check the labels of your sunscreens and sun blockers when you purchase them.

You can contribute to the reduction of the negative impact of sun blockers and sunscreens. But how do you know if your sunscreen is the right one for you?. How do you know you can contribute to an environment-friendly Red Sea? The answer is investing in sunwear and personal care accessories. It’s almost frighteningly simple. The more sun protective clothing you wear with a good ‘upf’ rating, the less sunscreen you need to apply to protect your skin.