Did you know that ordinary sunscreen, the kind we liberally apply without a second thought, is actually an enemy of the beautiful oceans we claim to love? I’m not exaggerating, hear me out!
So here’s the issue: if you apply sunscreen (or a suntan lotion) that isn’t reef-safe and immediately jump into the water, certain chemicals are released that sink to the bottom and adversely affect corals. Moreover, some compounds (such as certain oils) stay on the surface and deteriorate the quality of water.
Still don’t think this is a big deal? Well, coral bleaching, fish poisoning, and destruction of plankton are all consequences of sunscreen that ends up in the water. And these are things that we at TravelRebel just cannot stand behind!
What can you do? A lot, actually. Educate yourself. Wait at least 30 minutes before jumping in the water after an application. And first and foremost, buy reef-friendly sunscreen.
Here are a bunch of great brands that are making excellent sunscreen that won’t kill our oceans. Happy ordering!
BEST REEF-SAFE SUNSCREENS
When their babies were born, two Dutch dads realized that baby products contain too many chemicals. So they developed a complete line of organic care products, including sunscreens for children and adults. Not only does this Holland-based company’s sunscreen fully meets the standards of reef-safe creams, it’s also 100% vegan and animal friendly.
Didn’t think it could get better? It comes in an eco-friendly sugarcane packaging! So, what’re you waiting for? Click here to get yours.
AMAZINC – THE PERFECT REEF-SAFE SURF SUNSCREEN
This Czech company develops 100% reef-safe protection products that come in super cool recyclable packaging. So, in addition to the environmentally friendly aspect, these tubes will also be aesthetically pleasing while on your shelf. You don’t want to miss out, order your sunscreen here.
I use this reef-safe sun protection for surfing.
MÁDARA: REEF-SAFE SUNSCREEN FROM NORTHERN EUROPE
To get your hands on this sunscreen that’s produced in Latvia (and other awesome organic products that’ll blow your socks off), head over to the Blooms and Blossoms website. All products on this site are made from pure essences of herbs, berries and seeds that are found in Northern Europe. This particular sunscreen will give you a boost of antioxidants and is suitable for all weathers.
Did I mention that this brand is founded and operated by amazing, entrepreneurial women? Win-win! Head over to order yours right now.
The discussion around reef-safe sunscreens isn’t as raging here as it is in, say, Aruba or Hawaii, where damage is visible to the naked eye and creams containing oxybenzone and octinoxate are prohibited . That’s why Europeans often find it a bit challenging to find sun protection that’s eco friendly, and why there are a lot more American companies that promote organic sunscreen. Manda is a conscious brand that boasts a great sunscreen with multiple wellness properties. It also comes in sustainable packaging and protects against the harshest conditions.Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!
And we have yet another American company on our list that works really hard to be 100% environmentally friendly. Aside from the organic ingredients and effectiveness of this lotion, what I love is the cool plastic-free pot (sustainable, of course!). Who doesn’t like to shake it up a bit once in a while?
Oh, it’s safe for kids, never stings, and is very water resistant! Check out more details here.
This company’s sun products are all made in France, totally reef friendly, provide immediate protection, and are waterproof.
And while we’re talking about brilliant sunscreens, how can I not rep a spectacular one that I love and can pick up locally? Our local heroes, Chloé and Dries, sell this organic, reef-friendly sun care in Belgium. There are plenty of options to choose from. You can order online via their shop Clothilde.
So there you have it — alternative sunscreen options that are good for the planet and for you! Want to know more about sun care, what ingredients to watch out for, and specifically how creams can damage our environment? Stay tuned for our information-heavy post coming soon!