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The Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens

In the past years, damage to coral reefs from climate change has become increasingly known to the world. However scientists now say that chemicals from sunscreen, which reaches the ocean through sewer systems or as it washes off swimmers, may cause even greater harm. Oxybenzone and Octinoxate are the main chemicals that cause coral death. Those chemicals absorb UV rays and are ingredients in most popular sunscreens, but when they get in contact with corals, they cause deformation in juvenile corals, and lead to bleaching. 

The sunscreens we present you here are available on the German Amazon page. However all of the brands are internationally known and surely can be purchased in your country as well. 

To give you an impression of the quality of the sunscreens, we included the Amazon reviews of them. In our view, many reviews with a high average score can be seen as an indicator for good quality. The sunscreen we suggested to you is based on this assumption.     


Here we present several reef-safe alternatives for your next day at the beach


Coral Safe Sunscreen

 

 

 

 

Coral Safe

Price: €€€ 

(99€ for ca. 234 ml)

Amazon Reviews: 3.5/5 (110 reviews)

 

Find the sunscreen here


Blue Lizard Sunscreen

 

 Our Suggestion: 

 

Blue Lizard

Price: €

(26€ for 150ml)

Amazon Reviews: 4.5/5 (998 reviews)

 

Find the sunscreen here


thinksport reefsafe sunscreen

 

 

 

ThinkSport

Price: €

(20,26€ for 177ml)

Amazon Reviews: 5/5 (1 review)

 

Find the sunscreen here


Subtribe Zinc Sunscreen

 

Suntribe

Price: €€€

(14€ for 30ml)

Amazon Reviews: 4.5/5 (20 reviews)

 

Find the sunscreen here


Suntribe Mineral Sunscreen

 

 

 

 

 

Suntribe

Price: €€

(25€ for 100ml)

Amazon Reviews: 4/5 (41 reviews)

 

Find the sunscreen here


Reef safe sunscreen

!!!Attention!!!

 

 

DO NOT BUY THIS SUNSCREEN

 

It is not actually reef-safe but only non-toxic to fish. The sunscreen contains 6.0% OXYBENZONE and 7.5% OCTINOXATE, which are both known to cause coral bleaching and to hinder growth of young corals. 

 

Find the sunscreen here


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