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Oxybenzone: Toxic to Reefs

 

Coral reefs are being damaged by a chemical called Oxybenzone which is found in sunscreen and other personal care products.

 

What is Oxybenzone?

  • A common ingredient in many sunscreens and personal care products
  • A chemical blocker that interferes with UV's ability to damage skin

How does it harm coral?

Oxybenzone:

 

  • Damages coral DNA, inhibiting its ability to reproduce
  • Causes deformities on the coral
  • Makes coral more susceptible to bleaching
  • Initiates endocrine disruption
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How does it reach the ocean?

  • Absorbed through your skin and excreted through urine
  • Washed off in the shower and flows into the waste water system
  • Washed into the ocean when applied at the beach
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Experts think

TOXICITY OCCURS AT A CONCENTRATION OF 62 PARTS PER TRILLION

...that's one drop of water in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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