If the label on your sunscreen reads, “call poison control in case of accidental ingestion,” you may want to reconsider your choice of sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful for you and for the environment.
It is reported that 5,000-6,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into bodies of water every year, poisoning eco-systems.
Recent reports also estimate that 10% of the world’s coral reefs are polluted by the wash-off from sunscreen.
Believe it or not, sunscreens that wash-off into the ocean are very detrimental to marine life, especially coral reefs. The residue from sunscreen chemicals accumulates and kills bacteria, resulting in the bleaching of reefs, which permanently destroys eco-systems.
These same chemicals that are destructive to the environment also present great dangers to the human body, including risks of cancer, endocrine problems, and skin allergies to humans.
The solution is simple – use biodegradable sunscreen. Biodegradable sunscreen is organic, plant and mineral based, and dissolves naturally into the environment without leaving harmful residue. Make sure your biodegradable sunscreen has Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, the non-toxic, eco-friendly UV ray-blocking ingredients that blend back easily into the ocean floor.
By choosing biodegradable sunscreen, you are not only protecting the environment, but you are also protecting yourself and your family. Biodegradable sunscreen is reasonably priced and easy to find online and in health stores.