Your sunscreen could be harming marine life in a big way. According to the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, the main ingredient in sunscreens called oxybenzone is damaging coral reefs. The study credits “swimmers and municipal, residential, and boat/ship wastewater discharges” with putting oxybenzone in our oceans, and links the harmful effects oxybenzone has on coral DNA to that of gasoline.
Luckily, environmentally-friendly sunscreen as ours, are becoming easier to find. Rub-in sunscreens (not spray) with active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide, both of which are biodegradable, are best.
However, not all sunscreen manufacturers are being honest in their marketing: Some sunscreens labeled “reef-friendly” still contain oxybenzone. Use the same rule of thumb encouraged by doctors and nutritionists when it comes to foods that are labeled as “healthy” and make sure you read the ingredient list to check that oxybenzone isn’t listed if you’re looking for a more responsible sunscreen.
And some nature reserves, resorts, and even entire destinations are banning certain types of sunscreens from their bays. Key West, Florida, state of Hawaii, and Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park have all moved to require visitors to use only biodegradable sunscreen. With other tourist-frequented destinations likely to follow suit, your best bet is to make the switch now.
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