is your sunscreen hurting our reefs?

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Not only can your sunscreen be detrimental to your own health but studies have found that Oxybenzone found in most body products and sunscreens is causing our reefs to die. WellBeing magazine tells us that it “deforms coral larvae by damaging DNA and trapping them in their own skeletons.” Coral Bleaching is another side effect of this chemical, whilst water temperatures are the main cause of this phenomenon, Oxybenzone is still a contributor.

Some other ingredients to look out for include:

Butylparaben
Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC)

The US National Park Service tells us that between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen is introduced to corals reefs every year worldwide. Considering that if one drop of sunscreen in a body of water the size of an olympic swimming pool can have an effect on a reef that is pretty scary!

ecoo suggests using organic body products and sunscreens, remembering that what goes down our drains also goes into our oceans.

references and more reading….
How Sunscreen May Be Destroying Coral Reefs