The Importance of Choosing Your Sunscreen Wisely

The Importance of Choosing Your Sunscreen Wisely

By Autumn Blum for the Coral Restoration Foundation Hundreds of thousands of divers, snorkelers, fishers and water-lovers visit coastal reefs each year, all with the potential to directly impact our reefs with their personal care and sunscreen choices. A study published by the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal in 2008 showed that common sunscreen ingredients promote viral infections in coral, and estimated that up to 10 percent of coral reefs are directly threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching. Currently, there are no certifications or laboratory standards that define ‘coral-reef safe” for sunscreens or personal care products. For the long-term protection of the waters we love, it’s critical that consumers and industry professionals alike understand the issues. If your sunscreens contain oxybenzone and parabens, they are part of the problem. Recent research published in the Journal of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology expanded the topic and showed that tiny concentration of these ingredients were damaging at concentrations as low as 62 parts per trillion. Oxybenzone is a commonly used ingredient in suncreen, including some that are labeled as biodegradable and ‘coral reef safe.’ “The use of oxybenzone-containing products needs to be seriously deliberated in islands and areas where coral-reef conservation is a critical issue,” said Dr. Craig Downs, author of the study. Chemical-based sunscreens usually contain a combination of two or more active ingredients, some of which have been shown to bioaccumulate in the body and be hazardous to the aquatic environment. Even switching to mineral sunscreens may not make a difference. Nano particles, for instance, also bioaccumates in aquatic species. ClearZinc®, although naturally compliant, has a toxic coating and is reported on it’s Material Safety...
EcoConscious News

EcoConscious News

Happy Earth Day! We have some great news to share: We were selected by The Grommet Stream2Sea mineral-based sunscreen won ‘Best in Beauty’ Award The Blue Wild Expo this weekend – come see us there! The Grommet Launches Stream2Sea  Less than 3% of products submitted are chosen https://www.thegrommet.com/stream2sea We are stoked! Stream2Sea was selected as a Grommet. A Grommet is an innovative, unique product that is created by a maker with a story. The Stream2Sea Journey was a perfect fit. The Grommet folks think our sun and body care line is the bomb – authentic, pure and sustainable. Take a moment and check out the video below and link to their site. And, if you love us and our mission, please share this with your family, friends and associates. Together we can do better! Best of Natural Beauty Award And, the Winner Is . . . Stream2Sea! We are so proud! Better Nutrition cut through the maze of oodles of natural beauty and personal care products and Stream2Sea won. They stated “This is one smart mineral sunscreen.” Check out all their top picks below. Beauty’s Brightest This Weekend: The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo Ft Lauderdale – April 23rd and 24th Visit Stream2Sea at The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend – BOOTH 227. This is an awesome expo where ocean lovers from all areas come together – freedivers, scuba divers, spearfishermen, lobster divers, paddleboarders, surfers, marine artists, underwater photographers and videographers, adventure travelers, boaters, kayakers. Plus, there will beach apparel and accessories, water toys and more. Bring a friend, stop by and check in with us!...
Featured on WFLA.com and News Channel 8

Featured on WFLA.com and News Channel 8

Eckerd College helps local company make sunscreen safe for marine life By Leigh Spann Published: July 13, 2015, 10:58 am Updated: July 13, 2015, 7:22 pm Link to ORIGINAL article http://stream2sea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/s2s-news.mp4 ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — Slathering on sunscreen before hitting the beach or the water is part of life here in Tampa Bay. What we may not know is that certain ingredients in sunscreen have been proven highly toxic to corals and marine life. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, even at low concentrations benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill juvenile corals. This chemical has been used for decades to help protect against damaging effects of UV light. Aside from going into the surf wearing sunscreen, other body products containing BP-2 wash into waterways through bathroom wastewater and can bleach coral or even kill it. Hardee County’s newest natural product company, Stream 2 Sea, is hoping to change this. The company’s CEO, Autumn Blum, is an avid diver and hated watching the suds from shampoos and conditioners wash overboard after a dive. “The chemist in me knew what the ingredients were in all the products, and it was a little troubling,” said Blum. She set out to make a line of natural body products that was good for the body and the environment. As she found out, ingredients that are safe and healthy for us can be detrimental to marine life. Her first natural shampoo product killed every fish in the trial tank. “I cried. It was awful,” said Blum. As an Eckerd College Alumni, she reached out to professors at the college to start...