What is the oxybenzone in your sunscreen doing to the environment?
The sunscreen you’re currently using might be benefiting you, but there’s a strong possibility that it is having a needless toxic effect on the environment. Damage has been caused to underwater ecosystems, not just by global warming, litter and oil spills, but also by chemical-laden sunscreen.
“How?” you ask. Basically, flocks of beachgoers apply sunscreen before dashing into the sea, only for their sunscreen to wash off their bodies. Spray-on sunscreen is doubly to blame, since, according to Alan Yuhas at The Guardian, “the spray mostly falls on to sand, where it gets washed into the sea or into sea turtle nests.”
The result is sea pollution, and the main chemical culprit is oxybenzone. It’s a common ingredient in sunscreen, and has partly contributed to the widespread environmental calamity that is coral bleaching.
Oxybenzone’s hazardous effects on coral have been investigated before. Yuhas refers to a 2015 study that was published in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. He explains how, in this study, “biologists found that oxybenzone contributes to bleaching, has a similar effect on DNA to gasoline, and disrupts reproduction and growth, leaving young corals fatally deformed.”
Action has been taken to combat this damage. In 2018, Hawaii passed a bill banning the use of reef-killing sunscreens. But it’s also up to the general public to rethink their choice of sunscreen and look for chemical-free alternatives to suncare that’s filled with oxybenzone. EezySun’s snap sachets are easy to carry, easy to use, and filled with non-oily mineral-based sunscreen that’s easy on the eyes and skin.
Protect yourself and the environment. Buy EezySun sachets online, or at Clicks, Spar and other retail outlets located across the country.