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Our Guide to Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Heading to the beach this summer? If you’re looking for reef friendly sunscreen, we’ve got you covered!

What is Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

Reef friendly sunscreen has been formulated in a way so that its ingredients are not potentially damaging to marine life and coral reefs.

Why Should I Use Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

Over 14,000 tons of sunscreen enters the world reefs annually and over the last three years one fifth of the world’s coral reefs have died off. Some of this is thought to be due to the chemicals found in some sunscreens which has been linked to damaging developing coral and cause coral bleaching.

Which Ingredients are Not Reef Friendly?

The two main sunscreen ingredients linked to adverse effects on coral reefs and marine habitats are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. These are two ingredients commonly used in sunscreens and are known as chemical filters. Chemical filters work by absorbing UVA & UVB rays. Unfortunately these chemicals can often reach the ocean due to bathing and swimming in the sea.

Which Ingredients are Reef Friendly?

By avoiding these chemicals and choosing a mineral based sunscreen we can avoid causing unnecessary damage to marine ecosystems. Look for a sunscreen that uses Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide – but be warned, it is important to look for one that contains ‘non-nano’ Zinc or Titanium Oxide as nano particles of these substances have been highlighted as having a risk of being ingested by coral.