Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals
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.
What is a Real Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Environmental Conservation — SOURCES — The Journal of Underwater Education. First Quarter, 2019. The article on reef friendly sunscreen starts on Page 90.
How to Know if Your Sunscreen is Killing Coral Reefs — and 11 Brands to Try Instead
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.
A Single Drop of Sunscreen Can Kill Coral
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
Stream 2 Sea Sunscreen
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!
11 Reef-Safe Sunscreens We Love
News Channel 8 / wfla.com:
Hawaii’s Sunscreen Ban Doesn’t Hit Until 2021, but the Reason for It Is Scary
Is Your Sunscreen Bad for the Planet? Here’s How to Choose an Ocean-Safe Formula
SELF Magazine – Why Hawaii Wants to Ban Oxybenzone Sunscreens
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.”
Conde Nast Traveler Looking for a reef safe sunscreen? Ask a surfer
Deeper Blue Read your sunscreen labels
Sources – NAUI Green Diver Initiative Eco-Conscious Divers Need to Choose Their Sunscreen Wisely
Vitamin Retailer: July 2016
Better Nutrition: Best of Natural Beauty Award Winner for 2016
Scuba Diving International: Some “good” diving practices can be fatal to coral reefs
Country 102.5: Earth Day 2016 Part II
Alert Diver: Sunscreen Pollution
Scuba Diver Life: Top Four reef safe Sunscreens
BaySoundings: Eckerd students push limits on aquatic toxicity research
WFLA.com and News Channel 8: Eckerd College helps local company make sunscreen safe for marine life
Scuba Diver Life: Top Five Reasons You Should Use Stream2Sea
Cosmetic Design: Stream2Sea Sun Care Takes Safety Testing to the Extreme
83 Degrees Media: Eckerd College alum launches eco-friendly sunscreen, cosmetics line
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Recognizing that chemicals commonly found in sunscreens and personal care products can be dangerous in marine ecosystems, Turtle Island Restoration Network has partnered with Stream2Sea to develop an educational campaign for its members.
With oxybenzone (and other benzophenones) increasingly implicated in the decline of the most popular coral reefs as well as human health, Stream2Sea Founder Autumn Blum has been quoted as saying that “white is the new green.” The white, of course, is non-nano titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredient proven to be safe for fish, C. elegans and coral larva.
The newest version of the award-winning sunscreen now features a natural tint made with coral-safe minerals that reduces the whitening effect of the original product…
When people on a boat or a beach learn that Stream2Sea sunscreen doesn’t harm fish or coral, they automatically ask to try some. “Even though our formulas are highly concentrated, when sharing with others, it’s easy to quickly go through one of our tubes,” says Autumn Blum, founder and chief formulator for the only company offering a mineral-based sunscreen that has been tested and proven safe on various species including coral larvae…
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