10 Sunscreens That Won't Kill the Coral Reef
Planet-friendly alternatives to the drug store junk
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We recently detailed the harmful effects popular sunscreens have on the ocean. When you wear sunscreen that contains the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate while swimming, surfing or snorkeling near coral reef, the chemicals can cause the reef to become sick, “bleach” and die.
Hawaii and the Florida Keys have passed laws banning sunscreens that use these destructive chemicals, but those won’t come into effect until 2021. Still, that’s no excuse not to make the switch to a more sustainable, reef-saving option this summer. Especially since there are tons of planet-friendly alternatives on the market made with minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which function as safe, effective alternatives to oxybenzone and octinoxate.
To help you make the switch, we rounded up ten of them below. Our ocean and David Attenborough will thank you.
All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion
Badger Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream
Manda Organic Sun Paste
Olita Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
Raw Love All-Natural Mineral Sunscreen
Raw Elements Face and Body Certified Natural Sunscreen
Suntegrity Unscented Natural Mineral Sunscreen
Thinksport Safe Sunscreen
PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract
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