Does Your Sunscreen Contribute to Coral Bleaching? 4 Facts to Know Before Your Next Tropical Getaway

  • FACT: Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering chemical compound found in 3,500 brands of sunscreen worldwide, can be fatal to baby coral and damaging to adults in high concentrations.
  • FACT: Between 6,000 and 14,000 ton of sunscreen lotion winds up in coral reef areas each year (much of it containing oxybenzone).
  • FACT: Sunscreen with concentrations of oxybenzone as low as 62 parts per trillion has been found to cause damage to coral (equivalent to a drop of water in six and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools).
  • FACT: Levels exceeding 12X the above levels of oxybenzone were found around coral reefs popular with tourists, particularly in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Please do your part to choose environmentally friendly sunscreens. Before you slather on the sunscreen on your next beach vacation, take a look at the ingredient list on the bottle, and avoid those with oxybenzone. Keep our coral alive and healthy so they can be enjoyed by others!

This blog post is a summary of a larger article from the Guardian. Click here to read the full article. 

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