Coral reefs are not just breathtakingly beautiful; they serve as habitats for our marine friends, providing shelter and sustenance. However, the chemicals found in many conventional sunscreens, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, are harming our coral reefs. These chemicals contribute to coral bleaching, disrupt the reproduction and growth of coral, and can even lead to the death of these fragile ecosystems.
The good news is that there’s a simple and effective solution – reef-safe sunscreen. These sunscreens are formulated without the harmful chemicals that pose a threat to coral reefs.
Effective Sun Protection: Reef-safe sunscreens offer excellent sun protection without compromising on efficacy. They often contain mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It is good for you, good for your skin, and just as protective.
Check the Ingredients: Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients and avoid oxybenzone and octinoxate.
By choosing reef-safe sunscreen, you’re not just protecting your skin; you’re guarding Hawaii’s marine ecosystems. Let’s unite in our commitment to sustainable and responsible sun protection, ensuring that the magic of the ‘Anahulu River and other coastal wonders remains unspoiled for generations to come.
Here’s our personal favorite: Forgot to grab some? No worries! We have plenty available for purchase at our Rainbow van! 🤙Photo courtesy of www.Waimeablue.com