Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Is your sunblock bleaching the coral reef?

Since our daughter was born 4.5 years ago, we've been more conscientious of what we are putting in and on our bodies. In particular is sunblock. While our body needs natural vitamin D, we want to prevent sun damage and while shade can do some of the job, we often have to decide what sort of sun protection to use next. For us, we use Badger Sunscreen products, but there are others that are barriers rather than products that rely on a chemical reaction to occur for your "protection" to begin.

Of course that's not always reason enough for families to make the switch.

Here's another reason to choose natural: Many chemical sunblocks are actually BLEACHING the coral reefs! According to the Cause action I just signed:

Coral reefs, often called "rainforests of the sea”, are delicate ecosystems that are affected by the slightest change in chemical balance and water temperature. Many swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers are unaware that the chemical sunscreens they use may be killing coral reefs. 

Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide, and that up to 10 percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching.* 

Sign below if you promise to do your part to not do further damage:

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