10 eco-friendly, marine/ coral safe and plastic-free sunscreens

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As summer is approaching so is the need to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. So here our shortlist of marine & coral safe, zero-waste and non-toxic sunscreens.

  1. Sol de Ibiza

  2. Suntribe

  3. Mama Kuleana

  4. Manda Organic

  5. Dirty Hippie

  6. Herbal Chest

  7. Empire-squid Organics

  8. SurfDurt

  9. YeaBah

  10. Eir NYC

What are the ingredients to look out for in sunscreens that are harmful for marine-life? Here the list of toxic chemicals for us and our oceans:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoaxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Benzophenone-1
  • Benzophenone-8
  • OD-PABA
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene
  • Camphor
  • Nano-titanium dioxide
  • Nano-zinc oxide

This is how sunscreen chemicals can affect marine life:

  • Green Algae: they can impair their growth and ability to photosynthesize
  • Coral: they can accumulate in tissues, and induce bleaching, damage their DNA and deform their young.
  • Mussels: they can affect and deform their offspring
  • Sea Urchins: they can damage immune and reproductive systems and deform their young.
  • Fish: they can decrease fertility/reproduction and cause female characteristics in male fish
  • Dolphins: They can accumulate in tissues and be transferred to their young
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