Ordinary Sunscreen Is Not Kind to the Environment
When we think of protecting the precious coral reefs in our oceans, who would think that one of the dangerous pollutants is sunscreen. Sunscreen is adding to the global crisis of the dying and bleaching of one of the earth’s most productive and biodiverse ecosystems. Coral reefs provide homes for approximately 25 percent of marine species.
Various studies have shown that if the current destruction rate is left unchecked and is permitted to continue with the addition of destructive fishing practices and climate change, it is anticipated by various scientists that coral reefs throughout the world could disappear over just the next 30 years.
The below list of only a few of the usual sunscreen ingredients that are toxic to coral populations gives you their names and explains what harm they do. They are examples of how what sounds like harmless ingredients are working instead to destroy something as important to nature as our coral reefs.
Harmful Sunscreen Ingredients
Oxybenzone, used widely in sunscreen and cosmetics, damages DNA, causes deformities, inhibits the coral’s ability to reproduce, and is an endocrine disrupter that causes the death of juvenile … Read more...