Alarmingly, between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into our coral reefs every year.
In fact, common ingredients found in our daily commodities such as sunscreens, shampoos, leave-in conditioner, shower gels, facial wash and cosmetics do eventually end up in our oceans, affecting the marine environment. These ingredients are highly toxic to corals and marine life, causing stress to corals making them expel their precious life-giving algae. Without these algae, get sick and bleach (turn white). Bleaching of corals and in turn affects thousands of species of fish, including the ones we consume.
Our choices for skin care deeply affect marine environments. Let’s start making reef-friendly choices because whatever we use ultimately may end up on our plates.
Let’s check our sunscreen bottles and avoid these ingredients that are toxic to coral reefs:
- PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid)