”Reef-safe” and ”reef-friendly” mean in simplest terms, is sunscreens that does …


”Reef-safe” and ”reef-friendly” mean in simplest terms, is sunscreens that does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are two of the most common UV-blocking chemicals in sunscreen. Studies have shown these two agents can cause coral bleaching, one drop of oxybenzone in an area equal to six-and-a-half Olympic-size swimming pools of water can cause coral damage.

Truly “reef-safe” means that the ingredients in a sunscreen or other personal care product are not toxic to coral or any marine life in the reef ecosystem.

However, there is not much US government regulation on the term which allows any company to use this term on their packaging, be sure to read the ingredients to stay away from being greenwashed by brands.

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