These touristic spots banned harmful sunscreens

Palau has implemented a widespread ban on sunscreen containing a list of 10 toxic chemicals from 2020.

Hawaii and Bonaire have banned sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate from 2021.

Mexico has a ban in place for non-biodegradable sunscreens in natural reserves and most touristic spots like the Riviera Maya.

Why is sunscreen bad for the environment?

Most sunscreens contain chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate that are toxic to marine life and can seep into the water, where they’re absorbed by corals.

This can disrupt coral’s reproduction and growth cycles, ultimately leading to bleaching.

So what can you do to protect your skin AND the ocean?

Choose reef-safe sunscreen, look for the ingredients and the logo!

Skip the spray: aerosol versions of sunscreen can spray large amounts of the product onto the sand, where it gets washed into our oceans.

Most importantly, wear hats, shirts, and other clothing incorporating UV protection to reduce the need for sunscreen.

Remember that coral reefs around the world are struggling and many are at risk in touristic destinations. So let’s enjoy the holidays responsibily! 😎

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Author: easyecotips