Sunsreen Damage: Our Reefs

Water activities 1Planet Protect Sportswear blog: August 29.

Of all the threats to our oceans – chemical waste, pollution, plastic products, over fishing, ocean acidification (CO2 damage), we can add another threat we humans can take credit for – viral infections due to the sunscreens we use.  We at Planet Protect Sportswear have been doing more and more research into the threat of sun screen chemicals – not only are we finding out that these chemicals are bad for us, our health and genetics, but they also severally damage coral reefs.

It seems that the main chemicals in sunscreen: octinoxate, oxybenzone, homosalate and a host of other chemicals activate a virus in the algae that attaches itself to coral – once the virus is activated, it destroys the host coral.  Marine researchers are finding that small doses of sun screen chemicals activate the virus and the net result is dead coral – or the bleaching we see.

A few brands of natural sunscreens that are safe to use include brands like: Avalon Organics, Jason, Burt’s Bees, Alba Botanica and California Baby. It seems that mineral ingredients will physically block UV rays – minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide work well, so we offer that you look for these ingredients. In addition, these minerals also block UVA and UVB rays. The chemical ingredients are not as effective against UVA, plus they are truly bad for your health.  Search for plant based sunscreens – they do a better job and are better for your health.

Please do the same research we have been doing, and find a good solution to protect your skin, and spare our coral reefs the damage.

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2 Responses to Sunsreen Damage: Our Reefs

  1. DanTI says:

    In adition, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide contained in mineral based sunscreen are not absorbed by the skin, and subsequently the human body, and are recommended by the Environmental Working Group.

  2. routtognore says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..

    -Bill-Bartmann

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