Is reef-friendly sunscreen necessary?

Is reef-friendly sunscreen necessary?
Is reef-friendly sunscreen necessary?

Your sun protection could be damaging coral reefs. Here’s what you can do about it.

Sunscreen is essential for shielding your skin from the sun’s harmful rays – both on holiday and at home. But while it protects you, is it harming the environment around you?

If you’ve ever lathered up then jumped into the sea, the answer is likely to be ‘yes’.

Many of the chemicals contained in sunscreen are especially damaging to coral reefs and ocean life. It is estimated that over 5,000 tonnes of sunscreen wash off swimmers and into oceans worldwide, according to the US National Park Service.

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