Sunscreen is a non-negotiable. However new research suggests chemicals found in some sunscreens are linked to coral bleaching.
Scientists say chemicals found in sunscreen, in particular oxybenzone and octinoxate, can be just as dangerous to coral life and its depletion as warming ocean temperatures and extreme weather conditions.
An estimated 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen is deposited in the world’s oceans each year. Last year Hawaii became the first US State to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate. From January 2021 you won’t be able to holiday there without reef-approved sunscreen. The Western Pacific Ocean island of Palau has also banned many kinds of sunscreens.
Research from the Port Phillip EcoCentre reveals a list of affordable reef-safe sunscreen brands. This information is correct as of November 2018.
SunButter Oceans have an extensive range of reef-safe sunscreen options.
Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen
Eco Logical Natural Sunscreen
Life Basics All Natural Sunscreen
Natural Instinct Natural Sunscreen
Swisse Natural Defence Sunscreen
MooGoo Natural Sunscreen
Globally, the most highly recommended reef-friendly sunscreen brands are ThinkBaby Safe Sunscreen, Badger Tinted Sunscreen, Tropical Sands All Natural Sunscreen, Kokua Hawaii Natural Zinc Sunscreen, and Manda Organic.