What’s So Bad About Sunscreens?

Sunscreens are an important part of your sun protection program. The problem is the ingredients in many sunscreens includes toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, nano-particles, allergens and skin irritants ncluding alcohol, fragrances, synthetic emulsifiers, preservatives. 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, and encourage legislation to protect people and the environment.

products we apply to our bodies

should not be toxic to THE ENVIRONMENT

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 (an ounce) of average chemical sunscreens is the equivilant to daily hormonal therapy for menopausal women. Within thirty minutes of application to the skin, these estrogenic compounds are found in your urine and bloodstream.

Oxybenzone mimics estrogen in the body. It is also found is plastic packaging. Benzophenones bioaccumulate and contaminate 97% of Americans according to the CDC. 

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“The places with the heaviest tourism have the most severe damage. We have to act now. It is simple things like not using chemicals that harm our coral.”

John E. FautH, Biologist, University of Central Florida

Oxybenzone & CORALS

 “Managing exposure of corals to oxybenzone is a key step in threat-reduction, and a critical aspect in improving coral reef health now and for the future.” 


– Cheryl M. Woodley, PhD; NOAA

The Latest Research on chemical sunscreens and pools!

The Great Sunscreen Trade-In Project


People across the islands, including tourists, are trading in their toxic chemical sunscreens for samples of broad spectrum mineral sunscreens. Follow us on Facebook for the latest events!

Participating Groups:

Aqua-Aston, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i, Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, Green Party Hawai’i, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party, Napili Kai Beach Resort, Friends of Hanauma…

If you would like to host a sunscreen trade-in, let us know! Sunscreens being traded-in will be saved for an educational event to be announced for 2018! Local artists, if you’re interested in participating contact us.


Stay up to date on active legislation relating to sunscreens in Hawai’i – from individual counties to the state capital. Testimonies are accepted from Hawai’i residents as well as those outside the state who are concerned about the negative impact of sunscreen chemicals in Hawai’i. Currently there are bills in progress for Maui and Hawai’i Island….


Links and database of studies related to common ingredients found in sunscreens and their effects on people, marine life, and corals. [Please check back as this is being updated regularly.]

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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 hope reasonable legislation will follow. Not a non-profit.


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