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Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 21, 2015 09:39PM

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vicanuck
October 22, 2015 08:13AM

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Why not just tell tourists to go elsewhere. If not for sunscreen, who would go to the beach?

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

OldTart
October 22, 2015 08:35AM

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Surely you jest or didn't read the article (one of many recent ones on the subject). The whole point is that there are plenty of sunscreens and blockers available which DON'T contain the chemicals proven harmful to the marine environment.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Spartygrad95
October 22, 2015 08:42AM

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The "natural" crowd promotes coconut oil as a sunscreen. I'm reminded of the Seinfeld Epidode where Neumann sees Kramer as a turkey with golden skin.
[youtu.be]

I prefer the natural method of getting a nice base coat of melanoma

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speee1dy
October 22, 2015 10:23AM

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yes, because kramer had heard he should use butter for tanning

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 22, 2015 10:55AM

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We all know what a good idea that was.
Use butter or coconut oil if you wish to fry in the sun.
I do seem to remember some people use to use baby oil and iodine.

Wish the hotel and beaches would advise people to the adverse effects of these types of sunscreens to our visitors and locals alike.

The more aware people are, the better to protect the reefs and corals which are already struggling.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Spartygrad95
October 22, 2015 11:48AM

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At all the resorts I've been to in Mexico, they only sell "reef safe" sunscreens on site. The premium they charge is absurd, but there are options to protect yourself and the reefs.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

speee1dy
October 22, 2015 02:52PM

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my mom was 1 of the ones to use baby oil and iodine

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Beeski
October 22, 2015 02:54PM

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Does anyone have a favorite "reef safe" sunscreen and know a store on STX (or STT for that matter) that carries it? I am going Oxybenzone free.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 22, 2015 09:04PM

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You have to check around or you can order online.
Think the drug store in Red Hook may have.

Check this link or Google Oxybenzone free

[www.goodhousekeeping.com]

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

islandjoan
October 22, 2015 09:51PM

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The brand Raw Elements seems to get the best reviews online of all the ones listed in the source article at the beginning of this topic. They even have a tinted sunscreen stick, to counteract the white film that titanium sunscreens leave. I am going to order some from Amazon. That article was a real wake up call for me to stop using the bad sunscreens.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 28, 2015 10:19AM

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[time.com]

Currently, somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year, according to the U.S. National Park Service. That’s a lot of sunscreen considering how little it takes to cause toxic effects. According to the new research, toxicity occurs at a concentration of 62 parts per trillion. That’s the equivalent of a drop of water in an Olympic swimming pool, according to study author Omri Bronstein, a researcher at Tel Aviv University.

“Current concentrations of oxybenzone in these coral reef areas pose a significant ecological threat,” Bronstein said in a press release.

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CruzanIron
October 28, 2015 03:52PM

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Time to move this thread to the coconut tree.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 28, 2015 04:49PM

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Why - because you say so?

The condition of our reefs and corals have a impact on those who live here, visit here and conside moving here. It is good knowledge to share as many aren't aware of the damage done.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

stxisbest
October 28, 2015 05:25PM

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An apple falling from a tree syndrome. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. I agree it belongs in the Peta forum.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 28, 2015 05:37PM

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The sky isn't falling.
Our reefs and corals are endangered not only from sunscreen but a multitude of factors but that surely won't matter to you.

Why do you care where I post this as long as people are made aware and it helps, even a small amount?
Jeeze guys, lighten up!

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

quirion
October 28, 2015 06:34PM

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Quote
Alana33
You have to check around or you can order online.
Think the drug store in Red Hook may have.

Check this link or Google Oxybenzone free

[www.goodhousekeeping.com]

All of the recommended sunscreens in that article are insanely expensive.
I noticed that there are plenty of other non oxybenzone sunscreens out there mostly targeted to kids or babies.
Banana Boat kids or babies has no oxybenzone and is a physical blocker and much more reasonably priced.

TruKids is another brand that is similar.
Both have
Active Ingredients: Homosalate (15%) (Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7.5%) (Sunscreen), Octisalate (5%) (Sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide (2.4%) (Sunscreen)

instead of oxybenzone.

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CruzanIron
October 28, 2015 07:30PM

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Alana33
Why - because you say so?

The condition of our reefs and corals have a impact on those who live here, visit here and conside moving here. It is good knowledge to share as many aren't aware of the damage done.

Because it has nothing to do with the main purpose of this forum- to assist people that have questions about moving here.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 28, 2015 08:19PM

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And I guess every single topic does that?

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

OldTart
October 29, 2015 05:24AM

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I think the poInt is simply that the original article was self-explanatory and that any discussion need not turn into a barrage of cut and pasted articles and links. This isn't even breaking news.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 29, 2015 08:23AM

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[mission-blue.org]
GLOBAL CORAL BLEACHING EVENT PUTS REEFS AT RISK

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

crazyflamingo
October 29, 2015 03:19PM

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Quote
CruzanIron
Quote
Alana33
Why - because you say so?

The condition of our reefs and corals have a impact on those who live here, visit here and conside moving here. It is good knowledge to share as many aren't aware of the damage done.

Because it has nothing to do with the main purpose of this forum- to assist people that have questions about moving here.


IMO, it does relate to moving to an island because for someone that may not be use to the constant year round sun exposure that you get living in the islands, they may have questions about ways to protect themselves from the sun. That person may see this thread and think twice about their choice in sunscreen and want to find one that is more environmentally friendly to help protect the reefs.

Personally, I'm really glad this was posted. (regardless if it was on this forum or on the Under the Coconut forum) Currently I use True Natural sunscreen which does not contain Oxybenzone. It is broad spectrum and protects against UVA/UVB rays. It is also reef safe, 100% mineral based, biodegradable, gluten-free and vegan. Besides it being environmentally friendly, I use it because it's one of the few ones that doesn't irritate my skin. I have had chemical burns from other sunscreens, which was way more painful than any sunburn I've ever had and I've had some pretty bad sunburns over the years. It took a long time to find a sunscreen that I could use without having a severe reaction to it and I do really like True Natural but I was excited to see the Good Housekeeping link for possible alternative options for me. So, Thank you Alana for posting this info.

Re: Sunscreen with Oxybenzone Dangerous to Corals

Alana33
October 29, 2015 04:13PM

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Thank you for appreciating my posting of it!

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Spartygrad95
October 29, 2015 05:12PM

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Gluten free and vegan sunscreen? Umm ok.

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JohnnyU
October 29, 2015 05:34PM

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Posts: 446

GMO-Free?

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