Wearing biodegradable sunscreen is really important for the environment yet very few people know about it. Each year more and more lotion and oil washes off of swimmers and beach-goers and is winding up in the ocean where it causes damage to the eco-system.
Both National Geographic and Discovery Magazine have covered the topic but there is still very low public awareness of this possibly catastrophic issue. The tragedy is that there is such an easy solution, yet because people are not aware there is a problem it may be difficult to stop the damage before it is too late.
Almost 6,000 tons of lotion washes off swimmers each year, and as a result oil slicks appear in the oceans and are suffocating the eco-systems.
Sunscreens are also the largest cause of coral bleaching. The ingredients in sunscreen cause a viral infection in the coral, essentially killing it. In fact, the problem is so widespread that many areas in Mexico now require that only people wearing biodegradable sunscreen can go in the water. Any other sunscreen is often confiscated upon arrival.
The reason biodegradable sunscreens do not damage eco-systems is because they naturally break up in the water, or biodegrade so there is nothing left to harm the surrounding vegetation. Biodegradable sun products are not much more expensive than traditional sunscreens and are an easy way to do your part to help protect the environment. They come in a variety of different SPF ratings and still provide protection from the sun, but at the same time avoid doing damage to poor eco-systems.
It is important to do your research before purchasing a biodegradable sunscreen, however, because they are not all created equal. Like many traditional sunscreens, some biodegradable sunblocks still contain harmful ingredients like PABA, octinoxate and oxybenzone.
Source by Sarah Callen