Sunscreen: A Chemical Threat To The Environment

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July 20, 2021 4 min read 1 Comment

56% of popular sunscreens contain a chemical that is so toxic - it's banned in Hawaii. 

David F. Co-founder of Zero Waste Cartel 

The chemical found in standard sunscreen is called oxybenzone

Studies show that it is killing our reefs and potentially increasing our chances of developing a life-threatening disease.

Although studies are not yet conclusive on oxybenzone’s negative affect on humans... 

The Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption which may lead to skin cancer. 

But here's one thing we know for certain - sunscreen containing oxybenzone is killing our reefs. 

When coral is contaminated by oxybenzone it suffers DNA damage. It rejects symbiosis with other organisms (like algae) - then it becomes bleached - and then, well, then it dies.

But Why Are Reefs More Than Just A Pretty Face?

Over 25,000 species of marine life depend on the reef for survival. 

Without the reef... whale sharks, dolphins, turtles, and many other animals and organisms face extinction.

But it's not only marine life that depend on the reef.

It’s estimated that hundreds-of-millions  of people around the globe, depend on the reef as a major food source. 

The Reef also provides income to local economies through tourism and fishing. It protects our shores from storms, waves and floods. And it's a vital source for new medicine. 

90% of our reefs are predicted to die by 2050

The major factors are not only sunscreen contamination, but also changing water temperatures, overfishing and pollution.

But with somewhere between 4000 and 6000 tonnes of sunscreen entering coral reef areas each year... it’s no wonder that Hawaii and other places in the United States are banning sunscreens with oxybenzone.  

Perhaps the scariest part about this is the micro-dose of chemicals needed for contamination… 

In most cases, contamination occurs at one part per 63 trillion... 

In other words, it only takes is one drop of liquid in an olympic sized pool to contaminate and potentially kill the coral.  

How You Can Save The Reef And Protect Your Skin.

Many natural sunscreens have become available recently. However, as we've learned - they’re not all created equal. 

Some are too runny or cloggy. Some feel too oily on the skin. Some wash off in the water. And many don’t provide adequate UV protection. 

But protecting the reef is something we feel strongly about. And we wanted to offer you a natural, oxybenzone-free sunscreen in time for summer. But not if it meant sacrificing quality.

So after months of searching for the perfect fit, we discovered Sea & Summit.

Sea & Summitis made in California, from certified-organic and natural ingredients. Every ingredient is harvested sustainably and with extreme care. 

Even cooler... the face sticks are 100% plastic-free. 

When applied to your face, the sunscreen feels more like a top of the range moisturizer than a sunscreen.

The next thing we had to question was Sea & Summit's ability to provide adequate UV sun protection. 

We soon learned that it contains Certified Natural Zinc Oxide, the safest and most effective protection against UV rays.  

Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc forms a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting the sun's rays rather than absorbing them. 

The sunscreen was developed by Ryan, a former ocean kayak guide and lifeguard in Californian. As a fair-skinned ginger who spent 8+ hours a day under the sun, he needed an effective and safe sunscreen that didn't harm his skin or the marine sanctuaries. 

Designed with activities in mind, you can apply this SPF-50 for everyday use, swimming, surfing, running or doing cartwheels on the front lawn. 

This formula feels light on the skin and like a smooth emollient night cream when you apply. It rubs in completely clear, is water resistant, and won't turn white when you get wet.

It never runs or stings your eyes, and the natural minerals continue to hydrate your skin long after sun exposure.  

All the sunscreens are water resistant; but the if you're looking for the most water resistant sunscreen, check out the SPF 50 Tinted Face Stick. This has been specially formulated for high altitude, surfing and all water sports, long trail runs, lounging on the lake or at the beach, and hiking..  

You can take a little browse at our three favourites here... 

Note: the lotion packaging is made of 100% recycled materials; the face sticks are 100% plastic-free. 

100% Natural Sunscreen by Sea & Summit

SPF 50 

LOTION

This formula feels light on the skin and is like a smooth emollient night cream when you apply. It rubs in completely clear, is water resistant, and won't turn white when you get wet. 

Packaging made from 100% recycled materials

SPF 50 

TAN FACE STICK

This stick has 2 personalities! It can be applied lightly for daily protection or cover up, but it's formulated to be applied heavier for those outdoor explorers who need maximum sun protection. Ideal for high altitude, surfing and all water sports, long trail runs, lounging on the lake or at the beach, and hiking. 

SPF 36 

FACE STICK

Natural sunscreen stick that glides on your skin, doesn't burn your eyes, rubs in clear, and instantly moisturizes your face while protecting it from UV rays 

With summer approaching, we are excited to give you the opportunity to naturally protect your skin, help the environment, and save the reef.

 As you might know if you’ve shopped with us before - every time you make an order - we plant a tree.

But a word of warning: Since we announced the arrival of this sunscreen to our customers, we’ve had a backlog of pre-orders - and we are close to selling out. 

We don’t want you using oxybenzone infested sunscreen this summer.

So to avoid missing out - click on any of the images above/below and buy now :)

100% Natural Sunscreen


1 Response

Cory Trusty
Cory Trusty

April 27, 2019

This looks like a nice product.

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