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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen - Good for Our Planet
Using Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Makes Sense
With summer just around the corner all the stores are stocking up on sunscreen and tanning oils. There are so many to choose from and it is sometimes difficult to know what to buy.
We live at the beach and truly practice what we preach. I always buy eco-friendly sunscreen for my family and friends that visit us during the summer.
Consider the environmental issues when purchasing a product that will end up in our oceans, lakes and groundwater. Read the label and make your decision to keep these areas as pristine as possible so that future generations can view the wonders of our world.
photo courtesy of rockinfree@flickr
SmartShield's SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion 4.5 Oz
This Eco Friendly/Marine Friendly formula won't deteriorate fishing lines, won't harm bait fish and can be used in protected water habitats. Moreover, it won't stain or harm coral reefs.
The perfect sunscreen for outdoor people.
According to National Geographic's Green Guide
"the 78 million tourists who visit areas with coral reefs leave behind 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen annually, because roughly 25 percent of what you put on gets washed off."
Sunscreen is a Must
Use what is good for you and our planet.
A little known fact is that sunscreen is considered as a drug in the United States. New regulations in 2012 state that any sunscreens that has SPF >15 or higher and pass certain tests can now claim to cut down on the risk of skin cancer.
The FDA is also cautious and warns to reapply sunscreen every two hours and to avoid excessive sun exposure, especially between 10am and 2pm when the suns rays are the strongest.
It is extremely important to make an eco-friendly decision when buying you sunscreen to preserve the beauty of our world.
photo courtesy of greenclipart.com
Water resistance claims on the product's front label must tell how much time a user can expect to get the declared SPF level of protection while swimming or sweating, based on standard testing.
~New FDA Regulation~
Which will you choose?
When buying sunscreen - will you look for environmentally friendly products?
SPF 30 KIDS Sunscreen Lotion 4.5 oz
SmartShield's moisturizing sunscreen lotion is easy to apply and recommended for everyday protection against harmful UVA/ UVB rays. This eco-friendly product is oil free and absorbs quickly into the skin. All SmartShield products meet or exceed FDA standards.
Angelfish and a Thriving Coral Reef
photo courtesy of Chuck Savall
Floating above an active coral reef is one of the visual wonders of the world.
It is frightening to realize how fragile these ecosystems are. Just a small amount of wrong sunscreen contains chemicals and oils that are harmful to the marine ecosystem, particularly coral reefs.
The results can be devastating.
Dead Sergeant Major amongst dead hard coral and other organic debris. - Dead Coral Reef Debris
photo by Camilla Sharkey
Sunscreen and the Environment
Are you helping to save what we love in our environment?
How do you choose your sunscreen?
More Eco-Friendly Sunscreen
Your local drugstore shelf will show an increasing number of chemical sunscreens boasting ultra-high SPFs of 60 and greater. An SPF higher than SPF 30 offers only minimal improvement in sun protection.
Shirts That Protect from UV Rays - when you've been in the sun too long
UV protective top actually renews its sun protective abilities with normal washing and drying.