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Is your Sunscreen damaging the Coral Reef?

Is your Sunscreen damaging the Coral Reef? In most cases, the answer to this is yes!

Coral Bleaching, What is it?

Coral reefs only occupy 0.1% of the area of the ocean but they support 25% of all marine species on the planet. In fact, the variety of life associated with coral reefs rivals that of the tropical forests of the Amazon or New Guinea.

Warmer water temperatures can result in coral bleaching. When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. Corals can survive a bleaching event, but they are under more stress and are subject to mortality which is why we should be looking at ways to protect is as much as possible.

Infographic from WWF Website

Use Coral Safe Sunscreen

I am the biggest advocate for using SPF, it’s so so important to wear it daily, however, When you swim with sunscreen on, chemicals like oxybenzone are released which is a huge ecotourism concern and in recent years several marine parks have taken the decision to ban sun creams containing this ingredient. This is because if coral reefs encounter it they are at risk of bleaching and more vulnerable to disease and death.Obviously climate Change is one of the beignets culprits for Coral bleaching but it doesn’t hurt us to do all we can to protect this from happening further, Right? Another ingredient in sun creams that is raising concern is Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate.

Studies have shown that this chemical ingredient is a hormone-disrupting chemical which mimics oestrogen and could genetically alter the gender of fish. In addition to endangering marine life. It can also irritate the skin.

Green People have been working hard to create a range of sunscreens that are coral/reef safe along with being cruelty-free & Vegan-friendly while being housed in fully recyclable, renewable sugar cane packaging.  Farmed on sustainable land, this plant-based packaging is completely carbon-neutral. Green People scent free Sun Lotion supports the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity protecting our seas, shores & wildlife. 30p will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society from each sale of the SPF 30 (200ml)

SPF30 natural sun lotion suitable for all skin types

Want to protect your skin from UVA & UVB rays & protect the ocean at the same time, Head over to Green People to check out their products.

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