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Marine-friendly sunscreens to protect our seas

04/03/2014 by Alexandra

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Green People is proud to be in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. To help raise awareness of the work that The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) do, Green People donates 30p from the sale of every marine-friendly Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion and Children’s Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion to this worthy cause.

Who are the Marine Conservation Society?

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is a UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.

MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and the protection of marine life. MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and inspires individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.

Speaking of Green People's partnership, Katharine Sharp, MCS Corporate Fundraiser, stated:

"We are delighted to be working with a company that is actively ensuring their products don’t put the marine environment at risk. The partnership has boosted MCS funds by over £30,000, great news for MCS but even better news for corals and wild fish that will have fewer chemicals to contend with if we can encourage people to choose these natural sunscreens.”

As people become more aware of the damage the sun can do to unprotected skin more and more of us are buying sunscreens to ensure a safe tan. However we rarely consider the problems the lotions can do when they come into contact with marine wildlife and habitats."

Gender Bending Chemicals Dramatically Affect Aquatic Life

Alongside this donation Green People continues to avoid the use of chemicals that have been found to cause harm to the marine environment even at very low levels.

MCS explain that "as people become more aware of the damage the sun can do to unprotected skin more and more of us are buying sunscreens to ensure a safe tan. However we rarely consider the problems the lotions can do when they come into contact with marine wildlife and habitats”.

" Gender-bending chemicals that mimic the effect of oestrogen are common in sunscreens and can have a dramatic effect on aquatic life, for example turning fish into hermaphrodites. "

Charlotte Vøhtz, founder of Green People, says, “It is estimated that 10,000 tons of UV filters are produced annually. On average about 25% of the sunscreen ingredients applied to skin are released in the water over the course of a 20 min submersion.

Gender-bending chemicals that mimic the effect of oestrogen are common in sunscreens and can have a dramatic effect on aquatic life, for example turning fish into hermaphrodites. Certain sunscreens promote viral infections in coral reefs, potentially playing an important role in coral bleaching in areas with low water renewal where many tourists visit”.

The Green People Team: actively supporting the MCS

Inspired by our partnership with the Marine Conservation Society and to support the use of marine-friendly sunscreens, in June 2013 the team at Green People took part in a beach clean-up at Worthing Beach in West Sussex in association with MCS.

As stated by MCS, “Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people so we all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter.”

The Green People team of twenty people managed to pick up a mighty 31kg of rubbish from the area of beach MCS were cleaning up and surveying.



If you're interested in doing your part for Britain's beaches and wildlife and want to volunteer with MCS then all details of how you can become a Beachwatch volunteer are on their website.



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