Coral reefs are being damaged by a chemical called Oxybenzone (among others) 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?
- Damages coral DNA, inhibiting its ability to reproduce
- Causes deformities on the coral
- Makes coral more susceptible to bleaching
- Initiates endocrine disruption
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
TOXICITY OCCURS AT A CONCENTRATION OF 62 PARTS PER TRILLION
...that's one drop of water in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools