Get truly safe sunscreen protection and body care products that are safe for the reef and safe for you. This partnership allows for us to give you a 10% discount and also helps ADFC do more great coral restoration work!

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“Reef Friendly Sunscreens, are they really friendly?”

Did you know the federal government does not regulate labels such as “reef-friendly” or “reef-safe.” This means that sunscreen companies can use these labels even if their products contain harmful chemicals that can harm coral reefs.*

Some of the most common ingredients to avoid in sunscreen are oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octisalate. These chemicals can harm coral reefs by disrupting their DNA, making them more susceptible to bleaching and dying off.  A study performed by Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in 2015 showed that it takes as little as 62 parts per trillion of oxybenzone, the equivalent of one drop of water in 6 and a half Olympic-sized pools, to be toxic enough to be toxic to juvenile coral. 

Other ingredients that can harm the environment include nanoparticles, which coral and other marine life cannot absorb.  If using a zinc-based sunscreen, ensure that the zinc particles are non-nano-sized.

When choosing a sunscreen, look for one made with natural ingredients and does not contain any harmful chemicals listed on the cheat sheet below. You can also look for sunscreens certified by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) or the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

ADFC is excited to announce our new partnership with one of the only scientifically backed reef-safe sunscreen company, Stream2Sea.  Through this partnership, we can offer our members (and their friends and family) a 10% discount code that can be used on Stream2Sea’s reef-safe body care products. Stream2Sea focuses on making safe products for both people and the environment.  Simply enter “ADFC10” in the coupon code section at checkout.  A small portion of proceeds will return to ADFC to help further our mission of increasing coral restoration and preservation efforts of coral reef ecosystems.

By choosing a truly reef-safe sunscreen, you can help protect our coral reefs and the marine life that depends on them.

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