What Really Is “Reef Safe”?
Hitting the mainstream news headlines this past year, the term ‘reef safe’ has become common place when we are considering our sunscreen purchases. What is lesser known is that ‘reef safe’ is currently a fairly unregulated description as there are no official, approved tests or certifications and we are increasingly seeing companies slapping ‘REEF SAFE’ on the front of bottles, enticing unwitting customers.
Up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into our coral reefs every year and accelerates the process of coral reefs bleaching, as well as being toxic to certain reef fish species. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are the chemicals that have been flagged as being most destructive to the reef.
So companies remove these two banned substances and declare themselves ‘Reef Safe’. However, they aren’t the only ingredients that can be harmful, not just to the environment, but also to us.
What we put on our body has the potential to be absorbed. Some common, FDA approved ingredients in body care products are linked to cancer, hormone imbalances, cellular damage and more. An alternative to harmful chemical sunscreens, is to use mineral or physical sunscreens instead. Stream2Sea is the ONLY mineral sunscreen tested and proven safe for fish and coral larvae, and it is also safe for humans.
Always wear a rashguard with UV protection; save your skin and avoid using excess sunscreen.