Sunscreens & Coral Reefs

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Rising water temperatures, pollution, and human activity  are not the only threats to our coral reefs... Marine scientists estimate that up to 10% of our oceans' coral reefs are threatened by bleaching due to chemicals in ordinary sunscreens. Coral reefs are not only beautiful to visit, but also support 25% of marine life. Don't be fooled into thinking that sunscreens & tanning oils that are paraben free are 100% safe, many contain synthetic chemicals that are dangerous to you & our oceans. Studies show that UV filtering & screening chemicals (rather than physical UV blockers) such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenyzlidene camphor and the preservative butylparaben release viral particles that cause bleaching even at low concentrations.


Before & After: Coral reefs are bleached by UV-screening chemicals

Before & After: Coral reefs are bleached by UV-screening chemicals


Biologists agree that the threat of sunscreens on coral is one of the easiest to control by using sunscreens that use physical blockers of UV like zinc oxide. The only active ingredient in Sapphire Beach Company sunscreen is non-nano zinc oxide, which means our sunscreens are safe for you and our oceans.