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Here you will find our latest EcoConscious bodycare news available, including recent media interviews and podcasts regarding our sunscreens, skincare product development and aquatic toxicity testing.
June 12, 2022 – This everyday mineral sunscreen combines the antioxidant power of turmeric root, tulsi leaf, aloe leaf, green tea, olive leaf and wakame with non-nano zinc oxide. The formula was perfected over six years to ensure it was effective, looked good on the skin, and passed the brand’s rigorous aquatic safety standards. Their packaging is eco-conscious, with tubes made from sugarcane resins. The brand is passionate about supporting ocean conservation and are a member of 1% for the Planet.
August 8, 2022 – Here’s the truth about what sunscreens are doing to your body — and the water. Downs recommends sticking to products approved by the EWG and his Protect Land and Sea certification because there isn’t a lot of regulation with other packaging claims. See below for some especially safe body- and eco-friendly sunscreen picks.
July 14, 2022 – Use safer sunscreen. Many sunscreens advertise that they are “reef-safe” or “reef-friendly,” but those terms don’t have firm definitions, and their usage isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration or any other governmental body. So it’s best to read the fine print carefully.
Nov 2, 2022 – An Everyday Sunscreen Line that increases its SPF protection by 48% after immersion in water with UVA/UVB Eco-Safe Mineral Actives. It’s available in Active, Tint, Kids, and Eco-Friendly Shimmer. This product also minimizes the “whitening effect” of application.
July 2, 2022 – If you have dark spots, it’s important to be mindful of your skincare habits. One wrong move can ruin the health of your skin, or even worsen your current condition. So with that in mind, we reached out to skincare experts and licensed aestheticians to learn about the worst mistake you could possibly make if you have dark spots. Keep reading to learn more from Autumn Blum, Formulator, Cosmetic Chemist and CEO of Stream2Sea and Melissa Urban, licensed aesthetician and skincare expert of new skincare app, Skinforyou.
June 01, 2022 – If you’re super active, this is the sunscreen for you, providing 80 minutes of water-resistant, broad-spectrum protection when swimming, exercising, or sweating. Environmentally virtuous, it’s been proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish and coral larvae, using non-nano titanium dioxide and biodegradable ingredients.
Oct. 17, 2022 – Handling and applying liquid sunscreen on a plane can be a drag. Thankfully, Stream2Sea has a solution: A compact solid SPF stick. Their travel-approved Ecosticks fit in the palm of a hand and can be applied directly to the skin for mess-free application. And while you’re protecting your skin, you’re also protecting the environment: Stream2Sea’s reef-safe products are tested and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and coral larvae. For added protection, throw one of their SPF lip balms into your travel bag as well.
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Blum said that at DEMA Show 2022, the company will introduce several new products, including an environmentally safe mask scrubbing agent that complements the company’s popular mask defog and an innovative new, patent-pending reef safe sunscreen that is aesthetically pleasing and is uniquely water activated.
Ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and reef fish but are still in products labeled reef-safe and biodegradable. Also take note that even if a product is labeled as biodegradable, it doesn’t mean it’s safe for marine plants and animals.
Aug 2, 2022 – Want a little extra glisten with your sun protection? This formula contains a mineral-based eco glitter for a subtle-but-noticeable instant glow, plus SPF 45.
June 24, 2022 – The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn’t affect their natural behavior.
The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It’s non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.
June 29, 2022 – In 2015, after a dive trip to Palau helped her realize that ingredients in body-care products are toxic to fragile aquatic ecosystems, Autumn founded Stream2Sea in Wauchula, Florida.
Stream2Sea mineral-based sunscreen products have passed the stringent Haereticus Environmental Laboratory’s Protect Land + Sea certification, which tests and proves safety for freshwater and saltwater fish and coral larvae.
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7 de junio de 2022 – Stream2Sea contienen óxido de titanio no nano. ‘Los consumidores deberían buscar protectores solares que utilicen no-nanopartículas porque se estima que las nanopartículas de dióxido de titanio y óxido de zinc son más perjudiciales para los organismos marinos que las no-nanopartículas’, explica la profesora Corinaldesi.
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Sept 14, 2022 – If you’re going to the beach, whether you tan or burn, you’ll have to deal with the sun. You might not think twice about using your favorite sunscreen, but what if we told you that it could damage the environment? Octinoxate has been linked to coral reef damage, to the point of several coastal destinations banning sunscreens that use it as an ingredient. Since coral bleaching is one of the effects of global warming, using octinoxate-free sunscreen will help mitigate future damage.
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June 2, 2022 – Numerous sunscreen options are prone to releasing pollutants, especially in watery environments. Compensate by using eco-friendly, water-resistant sunscreens like the Sport Sunscreen by Stream2Sea. It’s biodegradable, paraben-free, and comprises natural minerals that can put your environmental concerns at ease. Even its packaging is made from recycled material.
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Jun 4, 2022 – All the mineral formulas here are water-resistant, but Stream2Sea’s line of EcoSticks was the hardest to wash off during testing. Its unique application—skin takes on a blue or pink cast; once the color goes away, it’s time to reapply—makes it easy to visualize how protected your skin is even after several hours in the ocean. Stream2Sea also proves its reef-safe claims by testing the impact of its ingredients on aquatic ecosystems.
March 6, 2022 – We’re big fans of sunscreen sticks, largely because of how ridiculously easy they are to use anytime, anywhere. This particular one glides on nicely, is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and combines three different types of iron oxides to help counteract any chalkiness from the zinc oxide in the formula.
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July 12, 2022 – The next time you take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean or Hawaii, think about this: you aren’t just swimming in seawater. There may also be as many as 82,000 kinds of chemicals from personal care products that have made their way into the world’s oceans, according to a report by Marine Life, a marine conservation NGO.
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#1: Stream2Sea Sport Sunscreen BEST WATER-RESISTANT SUNCREEN
June 20, 2022 – This brand earned the seal of approval from Downs and Haereticus. In short, you can feel good about dousing yourself with the water-resistant (up to 80 minutes), biodegradable, paraben-free broad spectrum sunblock before diving into the deep end of the ocean. The active ingredient is non-nano titanium dioxide while green tea, tulsi leaf, seaweed, aloe, and coconut oil make the Sport line less harsh on skin. Bonus points for using 100-percent recycled or recyclable packaging.
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September 11, 2021 – Keep your braids, twists, and more importantly, your natural hair underneath intact through sand and salt water exposure.
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Jun 14, 2021 – “It’s an amazing feeling being able to put out a great product that people need and perhaps save my company’s future at the same time,” she said.
Virgin Voyages Cruises with a Conscience
20 Aug 2019 – Our ocean reefs are in trouble, but we want to do our part to make a difference. As part of Virgin Voyages’ commitment to protecting our seas, we are proud to announce Stream2Sea as our preferred partner for reef-safe sunscreen.
Sunscreen Safety: Learn How to Protect Yourself and the Environment
November 1, 2019 – Consumers who use sunscreen have both environmental and health questions about these products, especially as cities and states in the U.S. as well as Caribbean and Pacific destinations begin to either enact or consider sunscreen bans. An interview with Autumn Blum.
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November 17, 2019 – Over the year since we last caught up with Stream2Sea, they’ve been struggling . . . to keep up with demand! It’s a problem that’s good to have because the more people are using eco-friendly products, the more our delicate environments are being protected. And boy are people using them!
We meet up with Stream2Sea’s ‘Mad Chemist.’
October 21, 2019 – Blum and Nussbaum are somewhere between “local celebrities” and “hometown heroes,” having met on a dive boat of the now-defunct Scuba-Do Dive Company in Key Largo. Years later, in 2014, they would launch Stream2Sea together. “We’re Florida grown, Florida made, Key Largo launched,” says Blum.
May 21, 2019 – A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans. Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens.
September 7, 2018 – Aggressor Liveaboards have announced a partnership with Stream2Sea. The move is part of Aggressor’s “Green The Fleet” environmental initiative and aims to increase the company’s drive to protect the marine environment. Coral-safe Stream2Sea products will be provided in staterooms aboard five of the company’s vessels!
August 2018 – At last, coral reefs are finally getting some significant protection. Hawaii and Bonaire have just banned sunscreens containing the sun-blocking chemical oxybenzone. Furthermore, 13 United Nations World Heritage sites have banned sunscreen use onsite
One reason that I love this brand so much is because they are very eco-conscious and have made sure to be very reef safe -and even use sugar cane resin tubes! Their ingredients list contains several certified organic ingredients like green tea, tulsi, wakame seaweed, olive, and aloe. SPF 30 is the only product I’ve used of theirs, and even though it’s 10 more than their 20 SPF I find that it gives a matte finish -so it’s not greasy in any way! For a natural sunscreen that’s biodegradable, 80 min. water resistant, aquatic safe, and a healthier option overall I must applaud Stream 2 Sea. I love them, and I highly recommend this company! I even used this as makeup all over my face and I don’t mind it at all!
Environmental Conservation — SOURCES — The Journal of Underwater Education. First Quarter, 2019. The article on reef friendly sunscreen starts on Page 90.
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April 15, 2017 – SELF Magazine recommends Steam2Sea as one of their choices for mineral-based sunscreen! “The world’s coral reefs are already in danger—and scientists worry that all the sunscreen in the oceans is making the situation worse. Fortunately, there are safer options… This titanium dioxide-based sunscreen is enriched with green tea and olive leaf.”
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Feb 4, 2016 – Divers know our reefs are under threat, but you can help protect them (and yourself) every time you apply sunscreen by using Stream2Sea. Here are the top five reasons it should be your sunscreen go-to.
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– It’s marine damage, caused by the seemingly harmless task of applying sunscreen, that was the inspiration for the creation of a number of less-damaging products…
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27 July 2015 – Company founder Autumn Blum is overseeing meticulous product testing on delicate zebrafish and coral larvae “so that we can state, with complete confidence, that we are the safest product on the shelves,” she says.
83 Degrees Media: Eckerd College alum launches eco-friendly sunscreen, cosmetics line
August 11, 2015 – Each summer, boatloads of sunscreen are sold to beach-goers throughout the country. But where do the contents end up? Often, in the oceans. Studies have shown that the chemicals found in many sunscreens or skin care products that contain sunscreen can contaminate, and even kill coral reefs (some can also cause problems for humans).
06/03/22 – There is no doubt that taking care of the skin and protecting it from all harmful factors is a necessity that cannot be underestimated, especially with the spread of environmental pollutants and harmful sunlight that contribute to damaging the skin and losing its luster, vitality and youth, and hastening the premature aging process. So today we offer you a list cosmetically the best sunscreens from reliable global brands.
Ian and Gemma chat to Autumn Blum, Founder and CEO of Stream2Sea. Stream2Sea was founded in 2015 in Wauchula, FL after a dive trip in Palau made CEO & Founder Autumn realize that the products we put on our bodies have many ingredients that could be highly toxic to our fragile aquatic ecosystem and even to us.
Autumn is the founder of Stream2Sea, a complete line of sunscreen and body care products that are safe for you as well as the ocean.
Hear how this scuba diving, ocean loving, cosmetic chemist developed a line of products unmatched by any other in both quality, eco-consciousness, and scientific rigor.
Tune in as #NAUI Dive Team Report Host Greg Martin and Stream2Sea founders, Autumn Blum and Kristin Giuliani, discuss their full line of eco-conscious and biodegradable sunscreen and body care products. As outdoor enthusiasts and divers, they are concerned… especially the ocean and freshwater habitats they enjoy so much.
Pacific Rim College Radio: Mike Malterre on the World's Safest Sunscreen, Human Toxicity, and the Blue Planet
On board with Oceanic Preservation Society and Stream2Sea to tackle everything squalene/squalene and how you, the consumer, can drive real change!
Day 4: Cosmetic Labelling with Autumn Blum
Stream2Sea’s Founder, Autumn Blum joins the Shark Allies 🦈 7 Days to Save Sharks Challenge 🦈 to dive into the importance of reading your labels, reef safe suncreams and all things squalene!
Quest for Healing Podcast: How to Choose Safe Sunscreen and Safe Skin Care Products with Autumn Blum
Autumn Blum, CEO of human-safe and reef-safe sunscreen maker Stream2Sea teaches us how to be better skin care products detectives by explaining which skin care ingredients are or may be dangerous and how to identify cleaner formulas. In addition, she discusses the recent sunscreen recalls, the differences between sunscreens formulas, and the importance of using high quality hand sanitizer.
Deeper Blue Podcast: Autumn Blum On How She Was Shaped By A Secret Super Power She Discovered With Her Father
This DeeperBlue Podcast episode features Autumn Blum on how she was shaped by a secret super power she discovered with her father, and Brett Stanley on how not to float through life.
As coral reef ambassadors, dive professionals have a duty to promote and sell environmentally friendly products. And, Stream2Sea has created products for us and our students. In this episode of The Dive Locker Podcast we learn about promoting and selling environmentally safe products with Autumn Blum.