The Green Living Guy

Morro Bay, CA (November 9, 2018)—The tiny island chain of Palau, in the western Pacific. It set off tsunami waves in corporate headquarters around the world. Therefore, banning ingredients in sunscreens that are killing its world-renowned coral reefs. Creating a safe sunscreen zone!

Therefore, Major international corporations, including Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal and Bayer, manufacture products made with those ingredients and challenged. We are educating consumers who refuse to use ingredients that have been proven toxic to coral reefs.  Especially at concentrations as low as 62 parts per trillion (or about a drop in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools).

Isn’t it that wonderful Palau is leading the global charge to protect their pristine reefs from common personal care pollutants? This question posed by Caroline Duell, spokesperson for the U.S.-based Safe Sunscreen Council.

“There are safer, more effective alternatives available. People just need to understand the issues.”

The Palau ban follows a ban on two primary ingredients. They are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate and no more in Hawaii. However, this ban goes a step further. Thereby banning ten ingredients that are known to harm fragile coral reefs.

Therefore, these commonly used ingredients absorbed through the skin.  This is where they capture the sun’s rays. However and worse, turning them into free radicals. Radicals which are totally implicating directly in sun-related aging. So you see Mineral-based sunscreens made with non-nanoparticles stay on top of the skin. Thereby reflecting the sun’s light back. As well as protecting it from both sunburn and age-related issues.

The Safe Sunscreen Council’s founding in 2017. It’s composed of companies who are formulating products specifically to decrease their impact on people and the planet. They include All Good, Babo Botanicals, Badger, Kokua Sun Care, Mama Kuleana, Manda, Raw Elements, Raw Love, Sea & Summit and Stream2Sea.

“Membership in the Safe Sunscreen Council is by invitation only. They are to companies who committed to not using ingredients that show to harm marine and aquatic ecosystems. And in many cases, they’re a better choice for people—researchers are questioning their use in humans as well as oceans, because they tend to bio-accumulate.” Duell said this.

Furthermore, Duell added the following comments. As other countries; particularly those with economies based on tourism and subsistence fishing. Then begin following Palau’s lead. This will bring even large international corporations to step forward and find alternatives to toxic chemicals.

Safe Sunscreen Council,

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