Look on the back of your sunscreen container at the ingredients and consider the following before you lather up and explore our precious oceans:
NO to Chemical Suncreens & the Awful Eight
Most chemical sunscreens have one or more of the following active ingredients that are toxic to our coral reefs and marine ecosystems:
- 1. Oxybenzone
- 2. Octinoxate
- 3. Octocrylene
- 4. PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid)
- 5. Enzacamene
- 6. Octisalate
- 7. Homosalate
- 8. Avobenzone
NO to Toxic Preservatives and Additives
Parabens, Pthalates, Triclosan, Microbeads (plastic)
YES to Zinc Oxide:
Non Nanoparticle Zinc Oxide offers the most effective UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection in the world. The key word here is Non-NANO. Nano sized particles of zinc or titanium dioxide are microscopic, can be consumed or absorbed by marine life and disruptive to reef growth processes.
YES to 3rd Party Testing:
As you are aware, loose regulations allow many companies to claim their products as 'green' or 'eco-friendly' but those claims tend to fall apart under testing. If they claim green, ask them to show verification by a third party laboratory.
Together, we can go #ReefFriendly
With these four steps, you can make a choice that supports coral reef health and the ecosystems they support. Join scientists, divers, surfers, snorkelers, hotels, environmental organizations and civic leaders around the world and go #ReefFriendly.
With All Good Products, you can choose a reef-friendly sunscreen that helps protect coral reefs and protects your skin without leaving you pasty white. When you choose All Good Products, share your choice with your friends on social media by using the #ReefFriendly hashtag!
*Keep in mind, these steps will help you make a better choice in choosing a sunscreen friendly to reefs and ocean ecosystems. We do not claim this is an exhaustive list of ingredients to avoid nor do we claim there is any 100% 'safe' sunscreen for sensitive oceanic ecosystems.