9 minutes | Aug 17th 2020

[151] Is Your Sunscreen Reef Safe?

Did you know that one of the growing threats to our coral reefs lives in your beach bag?

Sunscreen, or more specifically the chemicals found in many sunscreens, are contributing to coral bleaching and the subsequent death of our beautiful reefs.

In this episode I share what to look for in an eco-friendly sunscreen, and in particular how to ensure your sunscreen is reef safe.

Always look at ingredient lists to make sure reef-damaging substances (such as oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor, all of which have been shown to cause coral bleaching even at low levels) aren’t included.

For strategies and support to reduce chemicals and toxins in your home, join my Home Detox Boot Camp.

Resources:

2008 Sunscreen by University of Marche

Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Choices