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#ReefFriendly Sunscreens: Why it Matters

Take the Reef Friendly Pledge

Every year millions of people wade into beautiful water bodies around the world, from pristine creeks at the top of the watershed to meandering streams, brisk rivers and peaceful lakes, then all the way down to coastal waters. We admire the teeming wildlife living around these waters - frogs, trout, salmon, bears, foxes and coral reefs. All of these waters are intimately connected, and are cornerstones of a healthy environment for plant, wildlife, marine life and human communities.

Every year we unknowingly shed thousands of tons of toxic, chemically laden sunscreen into these delicate ecosystems -- but together, we can do something about it.

While there are a number of sunscreens on the market that claim to be ‘natural’ or ‘safe’ for watery ecosystems, most fail to live up to their promises. Detailed studies show coral reefs and watery ecosystems around the globe are under incredible stress due to climate change as well as pollution from some of the common chemicals found in most sunscreens.

Using the latest scientific studies, we’ve outlined #ReefFriendly sunscreen criteria so you can make the best choice for the health of our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

We want your help — let's shake up the sunscreen industry.

Join surfers, kayakers, canoers, explorers, divers, swimmers, snorkelers, watermen, waterwomen, conservationists, and ocean lovers.

Take the River to Reef Friendly Pledge


Reef Friendly Criteria
Oxybenzone: Toxic to Reefs
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