When it comes to sun protection, the best choice is to limit your overall exposure and use SPF-rated clothing and a hat to cover sensitive areas of your body. If choosing a reef safe sunscreen, beware of greenwashing titles and look for the only active ingredients of NON-NANO ZINC and/or NON-NANO TITANIUM DIOXIDE.
Many of the active ingredients in sunscreen such as oxybenzone and oxytocinate are damaging to corals and human health. Even at very low concentrations, these chemicals are harmful to corals as well as humans in several ways including:
Coral reefs have numerous benefits for the environment and us. A few reasons we should work to protect our coral reefs are because:
In light of all of this, we recently have made huge strides! The City of Key West joined Hawaii and passed an ordinance that bans the sale of sunscreens containing these harmful chemicals. This is just one piece to the puzzle of coral decline. We still have more fronts to fight on, but with each removed stressor the corals have a better fighting chance.
The biggest thing you can do is make the switch and use safe sunscreen! Rays from the sun are harmful and we should protect ourselves from them, but we can do it in a way that is good for us and the environment. We recommend always checking the list of ingredients on products to ensure they do not contain chemicals such as oxybenzone and