Biodegradable Ocean and Coral Reef Safe Sunscreens

The Concern: Certain ingredients in sunscreens are toxic to corals and reef fishes. Studies have shown that sunscreens worn by swimmers, divers, snorkelers, fishermen and general “aquaholics” contributed to the decline of coral reefs. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into our coral reefs every year and accelerates the process of coral reefs bleaching, as well being toxic to certain reef fish species.
Common sunscreen ingredients, such as Benzophenone-3, also know as Oxybenzone, can bleach coral and damage coral reefs. Cylcopentasiloxane/Cyclomethicone are silicone-based ingredients, used in skin and hair care products, have also been shown to be toxic and to bio-accumulate in aquatic organisms. They are also suspected to be reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors. Learn more >

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The chemist, the explorer and the environmentalist all wish for a world where every consumer reads the ingredients panel of every product they chose to use…

Biodegradable Coral Reef Safe Sunscreen

Testing on Fish and Coral

reef safe sunscreen keepingitreal_testingfishandcoral We tested our safe sunscreen products to ensure they will not be harmful to fish and other aquatic life when used as directed. We are adamantly opposed to animal testing when there are other alternatives. At this time, there are no cellular cultures or models that effectively assess aquatic toxicity to the extent that we feel is necessary. Therefore, our testing included the use of purposely bred live fish and EcoConsciously and scientifically obtained coral larvae.

Does Your Sunscreen Contribute to the Destruction of Coral Reefs?

reef safe sunscreen does your current brand contribute to the destruction of coral reefs?If your sunscreen contains oxybenzone and parabens, they are part of the problem. When the Washington Post and Time magazine both published articles warning about sunscreens killing coral reefs, it didn’t surprise me one bit. The damage caused by benzophenone (also known as oxybenzone) and parabens had already been well documented in previous reports. The really big surprise with this latest research by Dr. Craig Downs, published in the Journal of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, was that such a tiny concentration could cause such extensive damage.

The Truth about Coral Reef Safe

reef safe sunscreen keepingitreal_reefsafe Fact: There are NO official, approved tests or certification for Reef-Safe or Ocean-Safe products. The term coral reef safe implies that it is safe for the entire reef, but how does one know this? You would have to test on things that are not currently testable, or at this point are cost prohibitive to test. We would not put a product on the market that doesn’t pass the most intense testing I can manage, while also meeting my standards for human safety as well.

View Stream2Sea’s Sunscreens

reef safe sunscreens - stream2sea brandOur biodegradable, mineral sunscreen for face and body is high-performance and mineral-based. It has been rigorously tested for biodegradability and aquatic toxicity. Contains our potent antioxidant blend of Green Tea, Tulsi, Wakame and Olive Leaf.

What have say about biodegradable reef safe sunscreens…

Scientific Tests and Resources

  • A new study measured real concentrations of common chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone in the environment and found there was more than enough present to harm our coral reefs!
  • Bay Soundings published an in-depth article about our testing with Eckerd College.  Here’s a summary of results from the tests on Stream2Sea Sunscreens and all our skincare products.

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