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Top Reasons to Wear Sunscreen Every Day

We all know we need to use sunscreen to protect our skin if we’re going to spend any time outdoors, but do you know why you should wear sunscreen every day? Reduce Your Sunburn Risk Every dermatologist will emphasize the need to use sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Not...

A Recap of Stream2Sea’s Year in 2022

Goodbye 2022 it's been an incredible year! The team at Stream2Sea continues to be committed to our Mission of developing performance-based products for the active adventurer; whether your adventures are on the top of a mountain, the bottom of the ocean, or the...

How to Wrap (Stream2Sea Products) Like a Pro!

Tis the season. Here at Stream2Sea, we understand gift-wrapping a sunscreen or lotion tube is not an easy task! Here are some ideas on how you can wrap some of our harder-to-wrap items. For wrapping paper, we recommend recycled wrapping paper like the ones you can get...

12 Days of BOGO: Day 12

The best deals come in twos. Check in every day from Dec 8 - 19 and enjoy a new BOGO (Buy One Get One) deal!Did you know that even bio glitter isn't 100% plastic free? We think that sucks, so we use calcium sodium borosilicate, which is a spherical, eye safe crushed...

Got Points? Donate Them!

Start using your points to protect and restore our coral reefs! Redeem 500 points to donate $5 to Reef Renewal USA. Here's how! Step 1: Add Donation to Reef Renewal USA to your cart. Donate to Reef Renewal USA Step 2: Go your Rewards page and click Redeem Now on...

Be Rewarded When You #ShopWomenLed

What is WLW? According to womenledwednesday.com, Women-Led Wednesday is a purpose-driven holiday that encourages the public to shop women-led businesses to support and uplift women in leadership. The last few years have been rough, so women supporting women-led...

Serious Skincare for Serious Adventure

While there are many mineral sunscreens that offer UVA/UVB protection, very few go deeper to address and counteract the long-term damaging effects caused by free radicals and overexposure to the sun. Sunburns are caused by a complex chemical reaction that creates free...

Does Your Sunscreen Provide Long-Term Protection?

Remember that really nasty sunburn you got as a kid? You turned red as a beet, then everything peeled off in really disgusting layers. Believe it or not, that awful experience probably wasn’t the worst damage the sunburn caused to your body. Scientists still don’t...

Who Knew Dolphins Could Get Sunburned?!

Tribute to Winter the Dolphin As long-time supporters of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, my wife and I were deeply saddened by the untimely death of Winter, the dolphin who won hearts around the world wearing a prosthetic that helped her swim. At the same time,...

So Long, Stinky Hand Sanitizers!

Non-FDA Regulated & Non-OTC Compliant Manufacturers of Hand Sanitizers Remember back in March 2020 (the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic) when supply and demand impacted the availability of hand sanitizers? Rampant stockpiling increased the demand for hand...

The Truth About Reef Safe Sunscreens

Sunscreen is probably on your list as you plan your fall excursions – and hopefully you’re looking for a product that is “reef safe.” (If not, check out the report from the International Coral Reef Initiative.) But just because the front of the bottle might say it is...

Benzene-Free Sunscreen

Would you like your sunscreen with a side of benzene? No, thank you! Stream2Sea was the first (and is still the only) company to provide extensive testing to prove our sunscreen is truly reef safe. Now we're the first sunscreen manufacturer to show that we are safe...

Protect What You Love, and We Love Sea Turtles!

Ahhhh, remember the ‘80s? I remember sitting by my giant stereo, in my neon pink windbreaker with velvet scrunchies in my hair, waiting for my favorite songs to come on the radio so I could record them on tape at the exact right time. I had to make a mix tape for my...

Another Oxybenzone Report Shows Danger to Pregnant Women

The science is clear: Oxybenzone kills coral larva at incredibly low concentrations. But until now, it’s been less clear what happens in the human body at exposures similar to those seen at your average beach or swimming pool. Turns out, it’s not pretty. A study...

Stream2Sea Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift? Show the love in your own special way while protecting our blue planet with our gift ideas this holiday season! REEF SAFE SUN CARE Our Mineral Sunscreens for Face and Body is high-performance and mineral-based. It has been rigorously...

Stream2Sea Women Power 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Safe, Save Money and Support Women-Owned Businesses this Holiday Season! It’s the most wonderful time of year, in the craziest of years. At Stream2Sea, we are incredibly grateful for our family, friends, and customers who have worked with us and inspired...

It’s time to vote with your wallet

2020 has been a lot of things, hard and uncomfortable decisions, tragic losses and people grappling with what comes next. This Small Business Saturday, I’d like to highlight the issues facing small business about what this means to the decision makers, the customers,...

Green-washing is Still Rampant!

It’s never been more important to be an informed consumer!  Sharks are in skincare, and consumers CANNOT trust the words on the front of a hand sanitizer or cosmetic package.  Yesterday, I did my first Instagram live event for our friends at Shark Allies,...

Re: FDA Recall of Dangerous Sanitizer

A letter from our Founder Re: FDA recall of contaminated sanitizer Dear Friends of Stream2Sea: The FDA has issued a mandatory recall of substandard and dangerous hand sanitizers. I wanted to reassure you that our products are NOT subject to this recall. When COVID...

Stream2Sea Essentials are Cruelty Free & Vegan!

At Stream2sea, we pride ourselves on having ‘kept it real’ in regards to the testing of our original line of body care products on fish and coral.  Read more: https://stream2sea.com/keeping-it-real-testing-on-fish-and-coral/  Now, Stream2Sea is proud to...

Ten Tips for An Eco-Conscious Fourth of July

After months of quarantine, we are all ready to get back outside and spend some quality time with our friends and family. Keeping an eye out for litter is always important, but it really needs to be front of mind during this Fourth of July, a holiday overwhelmingly...

Protect What You Love Coloring Sheet

Another week staying at home can get a little boring, we get it. That's why we made a new Protect What You Love coloring sheet, featuring our favorite marine animals! Download the PDF file for free and print at home to color in. Be sure to post and tag @stream2sea on...

17 Eco-Activities for an Earth Day at Home

Established in the US in 1970 and now celebrated across the globe, Earth Day reminds us why environmental conservation and stewardship are important, and encourages us to form a personal connection with nature. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few eco-friendly...

Most of the Oxygen You Breathe Comes From the Ocean

With Every Breath You Take, Thank the Ocean... Did you know that our oceans generate more than half of Earth's oxygen and absorb nearly one-third of the carbon dioxide generated from burning fossil fuels? Referred to as the rainforests of the seal, Ocean plants...

A Heartfelt Message From Our Founder

I was asked to give a talk yesterday to my local Rotary Club.  This was different from the talks I’ve been giving… this one was about community support and gratitude, and touched my heart.  I’d like to share a little of it with you. I moved to Hardee County, a rural...

Stream2Sea Updates: So Far So Goo…

I have a secret to share. I'm a bit of a control freak. Well maybe that's not so much of a secret if you’ve spent any time working with me...I started a cosmetic manufacturing company in 1998 when I was just 23 years old. After I sold it in 2009, I knew I didn’t want...

Look Past Headlines When Evaluating Reef-Safe Sunscreens

A recent report on high levels of heavy metals washing off beachgoers in Europe has called the safety of mineral-based sunscreens into question. The biggest question, however, is what news reports didn’t mention: the sunscreen they tested was manufactured with...

What is Avobenzone?

Got a bad case of the O’s? Well the O’s (oxybenzone and octinoxate) aren’t the only bad chemicals for you and your family, avobenzone is also harmful to our bodies. This ingredient is hidden in countless sunscreens, skincare products, and makeup as it lurks behind an...

Your EcoConscious Guide To Festival Attendance

Festival season is upon us, which means that now is the time to prepare your festival gear with the health of the planet in mind. Whether you’re attending a show for one day or camping or the weekend, your simple choices can heavily impact the earth—make sure it’s for...

The Clean Stream2Sea Team: Breaking Records Underwater

Not only are we trying to make our products clean for our waters, but we are cleaning up the oceans and breaking records too! Last Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Stream2Sea crew joined a total of 633 divers at Deerfield Beach Pier to attempt to break the Guinness World...

Between the Ocean and You: Freediving Ecoconsciously

At Stream2Sea, we are dedicated to helping all explorers get the tools they need to adventure ecoconsciously. That includes any of you who spend time outside, whether you’re hiking, swimming, or something in between. This week, we’re highlighting the ways that...

Conscious Capitalism: Selling Sunscreen Ecoconsciously

Sometimes, to some people, conducting business and making money is more important than protecting the oceans--but at Stream2Sea, we disagree. We are in the business of sharing education about safe sunscreen, our bodies, and our waters. Recently, in communicating with...

Saving Sea Turtles, Saving the World

Business trips sure look different when Stream2Sea embarks on them. In December of 2018, Mike and Elise Malterre, our Executive Vice President and his daughter, took a trip to Antigua to work with an environmentalist group. During their time there, a nest of baby sea...

Ecoconscious Camping: Get Away and Leave No Trace

Summer is right around the corner and do you know what that means? It’s the perfect time to get out of town and spend a few nights under the stars! Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for camping. As you’re planning your next trip, keep these ecoconscious tips...

10 Ways To Make Your Daily Routine More EcoConscious

Like a hide-and-seek; can you spot the second Stream2Sea biodegradable sunscreen tube? Yes — five of the ways to make your morning more ecoconscious are Stream2Sea products! I'm currently in Key West for a dive trip, and I'm absolutely loving the Conscious Explorer...

Eco-Friendly Laundry and EcoConscious Clothing Choices

Did you know that every time you do your laundry, the detergent you’re using ends up going down the drain — and eventually makes its way into our rivers, lakes and oceans? This is why it is so important to choose products that are safe for your clothes and safe for...

Key West Bans Octinoxate and Oxybenzone

The City of Key West met in January to discuss a ban on the use of sunscreens that contain the chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, two commonly used ingredients known to be lethal to coral larva. This important vote inspired me to write in support of the ban. While...

Keeping It Real: Product Testing On Fish and Coral

Stream2Sea offers the only product line that has been tested and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, C. elegans and coral larvae.  Part of our business model is total transparency with our followers. In that light, we felt it was important to share more...

Spark Joy! Keep Ocean-Friendly Products

Have you seen the latest Netflix craze about decluttering your house to create more room for peace in your life? In the show called “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” well-known author, Marie Kondo shows families how to use her decluttering method to tidy up and downsize...

Ocean-Friendly Skin Care: The Stream2Sea Story

“All Streams Flow to the Sea” is not just a great proverb that informed the Stream2Sea brand name. It’s a guiding company principle. We know that in a very real way, all the products we use on our bodies and in our hair eventually make it to the ocean. This is...

EcoConscious New Year’s Resolutions: An Ocean-Safe 2019

To our ecoconscious friends, old and new, welcome to a new year! As you reevaluate your commitments and resolve to foster new habits this year, we would like to encourage you to add safe sunscreen use to your list. Not only will this New Year’s resolution help marine...

Florida Keys “Educate Over Legislate” Safe Sunscreen Program

A pilot program designed to test the concept of “educate over legislate” to protect the Florida Keys’ coral reefs is being kicked off by a part-time Key Largo resident. Currently being beta tested by Paradise Island Snorkel Charters and Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key...

Is Lip Balm Addictive?

It’s happened to everyone—the seemingly inevitable chapping of your lips at the beginning of fall. The seasons are changing, and your lips aren’t holding moisture as well as the rest of your body, and all you want is some relief from the dryness. Enter lip balm, that...

Protecting Palau Reefs: The True Inspiration for Stream2Sea!

Stream2Sea may be located in Florida, but it was conceived in Palau. “We were on a live-aboard, diving a spectacular reef when I noticed a sunscreen oil slick coming off a group of snorkelers,” recalls Autumn Blum, award-winning cosmetic chemist, avid diver, and our...

Empowered Women Empower Women

When do you feel the most empowered? Is it when you’re excelling at what you do and achieving great accomplishments? Or is it when you’re learning from and sharing ideas with a strong peer whose accomplishments make you feel like you can strive towards absolutely...

What Cruisers Need to Know About Traveling Green

We often talk about eco-awareness among divers, because the whole concept of Stream2Sea’s reef-safe products was developed by a diving fanatic. But there are plenty of other places and activities you might not think about when you’re trying to reduce your impact --...

Day-to-Day Considerations for an EcoConscious Consumer

Everything you put on your body ends up in the ocean. The shampoo you use, the lotion you lather on, the conditioner that keeps your hair healthy – very few of the ingredients in these products are captured in wastewater treatment plants. Those treatment plants, of...

Nanoparticles Dangerous for People, Oceans

Nanoparticles Dangerous for People, Oceans Non-Nano Titanium Tested Safe Even for Vulnerable Coral Larva On Friday, a customer sent us a copy of an article questioning the safety of titanium dioxide, the active ingredient in all Stream2Sea reef-safe sunscreens...

Packaging of the Future

I went into a restaurant the other day to grab a quick salad. As I was waiting for my food to be delivered to my table, I noticed a sign above the drink station:   “We want to do our part for the environment! Order a 32 oz drink today and get all refills for...

Lobster Season Release

Sometimes our actions can have disastrous impacts on our environment. In our pursuit of fun and recreation, we become unaware of our role not because we don't care, but because we aren't paying close enough attention. I remember when I was little; I shook a small...

Necessary Precaution

Morgon was sixteen when her doctor informed her she needed to have a biopsy to check for skin cancer. “I have always loved being in the sun. My whole family tans well, so I would put on sunscreen if I remembered. But if I didn’t, no big deal.” Morgon is in the...

7 Health Tips for a Better Planet

There are probably millions of things you would like to “start” doing: get fit, volunteer, read more books, watch less Netflix, eat more greens, call your mom back, learn to play piano, save more money than you spend, spend less time on Facebook—as the list grows, our...

#IngredientsMatter

We are celebrating with Hawaii and Bonaire this month! With the passing of Bill 2571, Hawaii has banned the sale and use of any sunscreen that contains the chemicals: oxybenzone and octinoxate. Bonaire quickly followed suit. These coastal communities have seen the...

How to Translate Care into Action

We all have ideas and issues we feel passionate about, but sometimes we feel helpless to influence. It might seem like the vehicle for change is often being bogged down in bureaucracy or tied up in political channels, but your passion is needed and your voice can make...

To be truly reef-safe, read the label!

Our “Ingredients to Avoid” list is one of the most visited pages on our website. We’ve tried very hard to make this page easy to understand and even created a free card with the biggest “no-no” ingredients still commonly found in sunscreens labeled as “reef-friendly”...

Good News/Bad News on Oxybenzone

What a week in the reef-safe sunscreen industry! First, the good news – the Hawaiian legislature passed rules banning oxybenzone in sunscreens to protect their coral reefs yesterday. The governor is expected to sign the legislation in June. Then the bad news --...

Education and Understanding Sunscreens

The truth about UV blockers, SPF ratings and the difference between UVA and UVB rays The UV blockers in most sunscreens contain harmful chemical-based ingredients such as: ▪ Oxybenzone ▪ Avobenzone ▪ Octinoxate ▪ Cinnimates ▪...

What is a Chemical-Free Sunscreen?

Does your product contain ‘chemicals’? Chemical-free sunscreen - Everyone is asking about it right now.  I’ve been formulating natural skin care products for nearly 20 years.  Every ingredient I use is consciously chosen: sustainably sourced botanicals, nourishing...

Going Green with New Year’s Resolutions

"I've made my 'Going Green New Year's Resolution,'" becomes an epic fail.  Why does it happen?  It’s inevitable. It happens every January 1st. Most everyone makes New Year’s resolutions committing themselves to lose weight, make more money and eat healthier. They want...

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...

Organic Sunscreen What Does it Really Mean?

When most people think of organic sunscreen, they think natural, wholesome and safe. But, you might remember from high school chemistry that "organic" can also mean carbon-based chemicals. So what’s the big deal? When talking about organic sunscreen ingredients, it's...

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...

Biodegradable Sunscreen? What You Need to Know!

Just because a sunscreen is biodegradable does not mean it is a safe sunscreen for aquatic ecosystems, particularly if it contain oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate and other harsh ingredients. Biodegradability means that the product will eventually break down within...

Can Mineral Sunscreens Really Prevent Sunburn?

The fast, easy answer: Absolutely. Ask any lifeguard from the 1960s how well zinc oxide worked when they didn’t have another option. The truth of the matter is that mineral sunscreens are the single most effective and safe products on the market – when they’re...

Stream2Sea Featured

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 [video width="642" height="352"...

Keeping it Real: We Tested on Fish and Coral

Update Feb. 28, 2019 — This is a dialogue reflective of the Stream2Sea formulation and development process. Product testing occurred only in 2015, when a safe formula was created, and is not ongoing.  Part of Stream2Sea’s business model is total transparency with...

Highs and Lows of Skin Care Product Testing

Update Feb. 28, 2019 — This is a dialogue reflective of the Stream2Sea formulation and development process. Product testing occurred only in 2015, when a safe formula was created, and is not ongoing.  When I started Stream2Sea, I thought we’d have products showing up...

Leaving No Trace in Ocean-Side Communities

One Diver’s Opinion - Guest Blog post by Michelle Montgomery When I moved to Key Largo in 2013, I was absolutely enamoured by the tightly woven relationship between our local reefs and the wellness of our community. Dive shops, snorkel operations, tour boats, fishing...

6 Ways You Can Limit Your Impact Out on the Reef

There are so many ways we enjoy the ocean, aren’t there? Diving, snorkeling, boating, just sitting on the beach… For those of us who feel that magnetic pull, it’s easy to want to spend as much time as possible in, on or under the water. One of the things we should...

Keeping it Real: Titanium Dioxide in Sunscreen

In my last blog post, I shared why we want our products to be "Eco-conscious" and I also mentioned that I hoped to share some insight on why we hand-picked the ingredients we're using. So this week I wanted to jump into why we chose to use Titanium Dioxide in our...

Keeping it Real: What is “EcoConscious”

Ecoconscious: Marked by or showing concern for the environment. I used to spend a lot of time on the road working with sales reps and visiting various health food stores. One of my favorite things to do was educate the natural products reps and buyers on the...

Keeping It Real: Do You Know What’s Going On Your Body?

I’m a cosmetic chemist. While I've never made lipstick or concealer, I have made my living creating therapeutic skin care like lotions, creams, hair care and bar soaps...and dog shampoo for pups with itchy skin, because (let's be honest!) dog's rock. When I decided to...

Keeping it Real: Honest EcoConscious Skin Care

Knowing that every product we use on our bodies and in our hair ultimately reaches the ocean, our mission is to create the highest quality, biodegradable skin, sun and hair care products available. Each product is to be safe not only for you and your family, but also...

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