Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen when out on the water. But did you know an estimated 6,000 to 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off our bodies and drifts into our coral reefs every year? The chemicals used to make most sunscreens (Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone) are toxic to some reef fish species and can accelerate the process of coral reefs bleaching.
The chemicals used to make most sunscreens (Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone) are toxic to some reef fish species and can accelerate the process of coral reefs bleaching. Cylcopentasiloxane/Cyclomethicone are silicone-based ingredients used in skin and hair care products that have also been shown to be toxic and to bio-accumulate in aquatic organisms. Just trying to say their names is scary enough.
One environmentally-conscious company is hoping to change that with their line of eco-friendly sunscreens that both protects from sunburn and is safe for the fish and reefs.
Stream2Sea creates biodegradable and coral reef safe sunscreen products for divers, swimmers, and anyone else who need sun protection on the beach or in the ocean. Their products are mineral-based and include Green Tea, Tulsi, Wakame and Olive Leaf. They’ve thoroughly tested their products for biodegradability and aquatic toxicity and they all exceed the FDA’s rating for 80-minute water resistance. Even their packaging is eco-friendly: they’re made with sugar cane resins.
Stream2Sea managed to make a sunscreen that is safe for the environment, works, and believe it or not – is affordably priced. Their SPF30 sunscreen goes for $6.95* (travel size) and $16.95* for a full-size tube. They also make eco-safe shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, sting-relief gel, and even lip balm (it will actually be safe to kiss a coral reef, although we don’t recommend it).
Check out their website by clicking here. By buying a tube or two, you’ll be helping save the reefs – and your forehead, back, and neck.
** Editor’s note**
Use the coupon code “becthediver” at checkout and you’ll save 10% on your order. Click here to learn more about them.