SPF and the Ocean
Though coral reefs only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to 25% of all marine life! Unfortunately due to pollution and rising ocean temperatures, around 50% of the world's coral reefs have already been destroyed.
Some studies have found that certain ingredients in SPF have actually contributed to the damage of coral reefs. When we swim and shower, these chemicals wash off our skin and find their way into the oceans through our water systems.
The UV filter 'oxybenzone' (a popular ingredient in chemical SPFs) has been shown to: reduce the reproductive ability of coral DNA, cause deformations in coral larvae, and can actually cause bleaching of coral reefs in higher temperatures.
Products containing oxybenzone have been banned in the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Key West, and the islands of Bonair and Palau. It's time to check the ingredient list on your SPF!