What’s Wrong with Sunscreens?

Sunscreens are an important part of your sun protection program. The problem is many sunscreen ingredients include carcinogens, hormone disruptors, nano-particles, allergens, harsh preservatives and skin irritants. These can negatively impact people, marine life, corals.

Sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB rays.

Our objective is not to dismiss the value of efficient, safe sunscreens, but to bring awareness of and educate about the potential dangers of sunscreens with toxic ingredients and encourage legislation to protect people and the environment.

products we apply to our bodies

should not be toxic to THE ENVIRONMENT

Hawai’i Department of Land & Natural Resources requests to not use sunscreens toxic to corals. Check ingredients. AVOID: OXYBENZONE OCTINOXATE OCTOCRYLENE HOMOSALATE OCTISALATE AVOBENZONE PARABENS PHTHALATES. Look for non-nano minerals like ZINC OXIDE in a natural base.

Est. Gallons of Sunscreen Dumped on the Hawaiian IslAnds Daily

Drop oxybenzone contaminates 4.3 million gallons ocean water

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Oxybenzone: Toxic to more than just corals

Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) is a common chemical UV filter and known endochrine disruptor. One full body application (one ounce) of average chemical sunscreens provides the equivilant to a dose of hormonal replacement therapy for menopausal women. Within thirty minutes of application to the skin, these estrogenic compounds are found in the urine and bloodstream. Oxybenzone mimics estrogen in the body. Benzophenones, also found in plastics, bioaccumulate and contaminate 97% of Americans according to the CDC. 

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We’re a social movement of concerned citizens working to educate locals and tourists on the dangers of toxic chemical sunscreens to people, marine life, corals. We worked for three years advocating for sunscreen legislation in Hawai’i. Not a non-profit.


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