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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen - Good for Our Planet

Updated on September 16, 2014

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.

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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?

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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

Dead Sergeant Major amongst dead hard coral and other organic debris
Dead Sergeant Major amongst dead hard coral and other organic 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?

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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.

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    • Clivetalks LM profile image

      Clivetalks LM 

      5 years ago

      Love the lens. I think the best eco sun screen is to avoid direct sunlight. Second best avoid the midday sun. Third in my humble opinion is to consume higher quantities of lycopene with no impact on little fishies.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      You opened my eyes... I had no idea that my sunscreen might be causing problems. Thanks.

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      6 years ago

      Never thought to look for eco-friendly sunscreen. Thanks for the info!

    • LPerry60 profile image


      6 years ago from East Coast United States

      It's incredible how many products we use that damage the environment. I wasn't even aware of sunscreens being harmful to fish and other marine creatures. I learned something new today. Thanks :)

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      I may not have been too careful before, but the older I get and the more I read about it, I have been much more careful.

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      6 years ago

      Avoiding sun exposure is very important. I had basal cancer cells removed from the tip of my nose last year. Now I wear high spf clothes when I go out, including a sun hat.

    • audioslaved19771 profile image


      6 years ago

      Sunscreen is very important before exposing your skin to sun for a long period of time. Eco-friendly products rocks.

    • kindoak profile image


      6 years ago

      Sunscreen is a must! In my country, melanoma cancer is the fastest growing cancer of all. And of course, anything eco friendly is the way to go!

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      6 years ago


      I never used to use sunscreen products until my Mom started noticing a lot of sun damage on her arms and face; that certainly prompted me to use them! As far as choosing environmentally safe products, I'll admit that I probably didn't even think about what I was doing to the environment, but thanks to you, I will choose more wisely. Thank you for the fabulous information!


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