What is not in reef-safe sunscreen?
Avoid sunscreens with high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide which is harmful to all sea life. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two chemicals recently banned in Hawaii and are believed to cause coral bleaching.
Do I need to wear reef-safe sunscreen?
What is reef safe sunscreen and why should I be wearing it? Reef-safe sunscreen is made with minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide rather than toxic chemicals. They are the better choice and have no (or at least fewer) toxic effects on marine life, making them a reef-safe alternative.
What type of sunscreen is banned in Hawaii?
David Ige signed Senate Bill 2571 into law, making Hawaii the first place in the world to ban “the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate” after many studies showed that those two chemicals cause genetic damage to marine life, including coral reefs.
What kind of sunscreen is best for Hawaii?
The quick list of the best sunscreen for Hawaii, deemed reef-safe according to the Hawaii sunscreen ban:
- Sun Bum mineral sunscreen.
- Neutrogena sheer zinc mineral sunscreen.
- Aveeno positively mineral sensitive skin sunscreen.
- Thinksport safe sunscreen.
Is Aveeno sunscreen reef-safe?
Aveeno Reef-Safe Sunscreen.
Is Beach Bum sunscreen reef-safe?
We are very proud to say that our Original, Mineral and Signature sunscreen products throughout the U.S. all meet the requirements of the FDA and Hawaiian legislation and are Reef Friendly (Oxybenzone & Octinoxate free).
What does it mean for a fish to be reef safe?
Reef safe is a distinction used in the saltwater aquarium hobby to indicate that a fish or invertebrate is safe to add to a reef aquarium. There is no fish that is completely reef safe. Every fish that is commonly listed as reef safe are species that usually do not readily consume small fish or invertebrates.
Which sunscreens are bad for the ocean?
In July of 2018, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two common chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, which many researchers worldwide have deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life.