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How to Choose a Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Anyone swimming or snorkeling in the tropical ocean near coral should consider a coral reef safe sunscreen. It is not a mystery that sunscreen that washes off your body when swimming may affect aquatic life.  Some commonly used chemical sunscreen ingredients cause coral bleaching and may be affecting coral reefs. In fact near 10% of the world’s coral reefs may be threatened by sunscreen induced coral bleaching.

Each year between 4000-6000 metric tons (4400-6600 US tons) of sunscreen washes off swimmers and snorkelers into coral reef environments. Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to cause complete coral bleaching at very low concentrations.

AVOID THE 4 REEF-HARMFUL SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS: 

Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

Butylparaben – Preservative with several suspected human health effects.

Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

Sea Monkey Private Charters chooses to use Raw Love Sunscreen. Raw Love reef safe sunscreen does not use any of these damaging ingredients in their sunscreens, so they are safe for coral reefs and you. If you are planning on snorkeling or swimming in Hawaii – please consider using their product. This is not only environmentally responsible thing to do but also helps to support local businesses.

For more information on Raw Love Sunscreen and other “reef-friendly” information check out: Raw Love Sunscreen

 

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