Worried about the effect sun lotions are having on our oceans? There’s increasing concern that chemical sun cream ingredients are harming coral reefs and the marine life that inhabit these underwater ecosystems. We can’t undo the damage that’s been caused, but by switching to our non-toxic sun lotion you can help prevent further incidences of coral bleaching and marine damage.
SHOP OCEAN-SAFE SUN CREAMS
High factor travel-size SPF30 Sun Lotion suitable for sensitive skin
High factor scent free SPF30 suitable for children with sensitive skin
ARE GREEN PEOPLE SUN LOTIONS BIODEGRADABLE?
Green People is incredibly concerned for the safety of our seas and oceans. We work closely with the Marine Conservation Society and refuse to use any ingredients known to harm marine life in our sun care formulations.
Every product in our sun care range is reef safe and the only ingredient that is not biodegradable is our mineral UV filter. Minerals are made of rock, a naturally occurring ingredient which, much like the pebbles and stones in our seas, will not dissolve in water.
WHY BUY MARINE SAFE SUN CREAMS?
Much more than just a pretty animal, a coral reef is home to thousands of marine species and produces a large amount of the oxygen that human life depends on to survive. Worryingly, estimates suggest that a fifth of the world’s coral supply has died since 2015i and experts are predicting that 90% of coral will have disappeared by the year 2050ii.
According to reports our coral reefs encounter a staggering 14,000 tons of sun lotion each and every yeariii and concerns are being raised that sun creams made with chemical ingredients are putting our dwindling coral supplies in peril.
WHAT MAKES SUN CREAM UNSAFE FOR SEALIFE?
The chemical ingredient that marine conservationist are most concerned about is Oxybenzone. Used in many high-street sun lotions, Oxybenzone is a chemical filter that helps sun screens to filter out skin-damaging UV rays. Whilst safe for humans, if coral reefs encounter it, they can become vulnerable to bleaching[iv], putting them at risk of disease and deathv.
If coral dies, fish and other marine life lose a valuable source of food and shelter. There are also concerns that some ingredients in sun lotions could be harming the fish in our seas, and our food chain. Hormone disrupting chemicals are common in conventional sunscreen and can have a dramatic effect on aquatic life. To make matters worse, in recent years glitter has been added to some sun lotions. Far from adding a touch of sparkle to our lives, this toxic ingredient can be consumed by marine life and enter the food chain.
TOP TIPS FOR SHOPPING FOR SUN CREAM ETHICALLY
CHECK THE LABEL FOR CHEMICALS
Labels can be hard to decipher but, when it comes to keeping our seas safe, it is important you check the label for the following chemical ingredients.
- Octinoxate/Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
To make it easier for you to know if Green People sun creams are reef safe we do not use either of these ingredients in our sun care and proudly display the following logo on our product pages.
CHECK THE GOOD SHOPPING GUIDE
The Good Shopping guide aims to arm consumers with the insights that can help them to shop ethically and issues accreditations to companies that make every effort to minimise their impact on the environment. Green People has been listed in the guide consecutively for 14 years and, when the guide last reviewed sun lotion, we received positive scores for both product sustainability and company ethos.
CHECK WITH YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Did you know that some areas of natural beauty have banned chemical sun lotions? Hawaii became the first US state to ban sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate in 2018vii and several marine parks in Mexico, Florida and the Virgin Island also discourage the use of chemical sun lotions. If you’re travelling to a marine park and are unsure whether your sun cream is safe for the sea, be sure to check with your tour guide or tour operator before you travel.