Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society recently named Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff as the ideal sunscreen for both humans and ocean creatures.
Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of toxic sunscreen washes off swimmers into the oceans every year. Chemicals such as Octocrylene, Butylparaben, Octylmethoxycinnamate, and Benzophenone-3; present in non-biodegradable sunscreen brands, accumulate in the oceans (Environment911). These chemicals do not break down easily and are harmful to marine life, especially coral reefs.
Before receiving Cousteau’s approval, Reef Safe sunscreens were subjected to a comprehensive series of independent laboratory tests to support and authenticate the biodegradability of the lotions. The research found that Reef Safe SunCare products biodegrade, on average, less than 90 days in seawater and freshwater. No evidence of toxicity to micro organisms and other sea life was detected.
Research also found that Reef Safe’s waterproof formula allows less than three percent of the product to come off in water, which compares favorably to the estimated 25 percent of mass-market brand lotions that come off in water.
Because it was chosen as the Official SunCare of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, Reef Safe will donate a portion of every bottle sold to support Ocean Futures’ worldwide efforts of preserving the ocean for future generations.
“If more companies showed their commitment to our environment and made enlightened choices as Reef Safe has, we would have a much better world on which to live,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau, President and Founder of Ocean Futures Society. “Our scientific team will continue to work with Reef Safe to broaden ongoing tests of the products on a wide range of sea life.”
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