In a season as full of sun and outdoors activities as summer, we tend to gear up with items to help us avoid the dangers that come with all that fun, especially sun damage. What if we, by diverting the danger from ourselves, inadvertently bring it upon other creatures and our environment?
Yes, sunscreens may protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but most sunscreens can be very dangerous to coral reefs when disposed of in the ocean. According to the National Park Service, 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter coral reefs every year! Most chemical sunscreens contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, which have been found in more than 3,500 SPF products!. Studies show that these chemicals bleach coral reefs (even in extremely small dosages, like the amount of one drop in six and a half Olympic swimming pools) and make them turn white. They can also cause many other kinds of damage ranging from sterility and poisoning to reef death.
“It causes weird deformities in soft tissue and also causes the coral larvae to encase itself in its own skeleton, in its own coffin,” Craig Downs, one of the study authors.
Although most sunscreens contain these chemicals, this does not mean that you should not protect yourself from the sun. Instead, you can get a “reef-safe” sunscreen! Many companies are starting to acknowledge the dangers of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, especially after the state of Hawaii passed a bill to ban any sunscreens containing them. New reef-safe lines are being developed and launched all over the US and many other countries, but they can be difficult to find.
Luckily for us, Thinksport has managed to create a line of reef-safe sunscreens with products suitable for babies, kids, and adults! Not only are these products going to protect you from the dangers of the sun, but they will also not cause any harm to creatures! In fact, ThinkSport was the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements! They are all:
Free of harmful chemicals.
Paraben & Phthalates free.
Easily applied and absorbed.
Contain the highest level of water resistance defined by the FDA.
Manufactured and developed with no animal testing (Leaping Bunny member).
Made with environmentally-friendly ingredients and packaging.
Safe for anyone over 6 months, including pregnant women.
Now that you know what sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate do to beautiful creatures like coral reefs, be sure to let your family and friends know about the dangers of these sunscreens, and be sure to replace any sunscreen you have that contains those chemicals with a better harmless one, to save the environment and to ensure the safety of other creatures.
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