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Change Your Sunscreen, Save Our Reefs!

Environment  (tags: animals, conservation, ecosystems, destruction, endangered, environment, green, habitat, habitatdestruction, humans, oceans, science, protection, nature, world )

- 3624 days ago -
Scientists have discovered that the sunscreen we are using to protect ourselves from the sun is actually helping to destroy coral reefs.


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Erik K (33)
Thursday October 23, 2008, 4:05 pm
Wow! I had no idea. Thanks for sharing Melissa!

Here is what you should look for when buying eco friendly sunscreen (pulled from the post):

"Luckily there are many sunscreens out there that are “Reef-Safe.” Look for sunscreens that use physical filters as opposed to chemical ones (sunscreens which reflect instead of absorb ultraviolet radiation are key). Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide as the main ingredient and stay away from titanium and the 4 ingredients mentioned earlier. This is one simple step anyone can take that will not only help protect the reefs but also protect their health. Help spread the word about this green travel tip by telling your friends and family how they can help."

Melissa E (3)
Friday October 24, 2008, 6:00 am
Hi Erik, thanks for reading. I was shocked when I found out about this too. I LOVE to be in and around the ocean, and almost always slather on the sunscreen. I'm so glad I found out and was able to share this info. Have a great weekend :)
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