10 Sunscreens That Won't Kill the Coral Reef

Planet-friendly alternatives to the drug store junk

July 9, 2020 8:31 am
10 Sunscreens That Won't Kill the Coral Reef

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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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