Whatever you have on your skin when you go into the ocean will get into the water as well. On May 1, 2018, Hawaii became the first state to ban sales of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, common ingredients found in nearly all sunscreen that’s used for the absorption of harmful rays. They’re the two chemicals scientist believe pollute and bleach our precious coral reefs.
If you’re going swimming at in the ocean this summer, you might want to get ahead of the curve and replace your current sunscreens with reef-safe ones.
Need more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should swap out the chemicals for minerals.
- Up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter the world’s reefs annually, according to a 2015 paper published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (New York Times).
- Oxybenzone and octinoxate don’t just hurt the reefs - they’re also toxic to fish and can pollute fresh water lakes just as easily as they do the ocean.
- ONE DROP of oxybenzone can contaminate enough water to fill up over 6 olympic size swimming pools.
- Oxybenzone can be absorbed into the skin.
- Tropical resorts all over the world have either banned or are in the process of banning oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Our advice? Keep the chemicals with the chlorine at the pool.
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