I have heard that the chemicals in sunblock/sunscreen is harmful to coral reefs. Does anyone know how? And what alternatives are available?



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    When someone wears regular sunscreen and then goes into the ocean, it is inevitiable that it will wash off.  According to India Times, “four commonly found sunscreen ingredients can wake dormant viruses in the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that live inside reef-building coral species.”  These chemicals cause the algae to virtually explode.  This allows the viruses to spread throughout the ocean and attack other coral communities.

    These concerns are just one of the many that has plaqued the sunscreen industry in recent years.  “Green” sunscreens will not harm coral.  Here are a few sunscreens that are eco-friendly right now:

    – Soleo Organics Sunscreen Organic chemical free sunscreen, SPF 30+
    – Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
    – Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30
    – Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stuff, SPF 30
    – Marie Veronique Organics Creme de Jour Tinted, SPF 30

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