The ocean is my favorite place in the entire world. Being a crab, water in general is my go to place. There are so many threats to the worlds water and it’s creatures, it’s difficult to support them all, but I will continue to try.
This weekend I picked up a copy of Natural Grocers Good 4u Magazine and learned something new. Because I am always leery of people trying to sell their own products, I asked and researched around, and confirmed the information.
We all know that the sun is a dangerous place to hang out in. Before you leave town with your family, you’d better invest in enough sunscreen to slather the entire family for weeks! These products contain some chemicals that are known to be a threat to the coral reefs that are teeming with marine animals like sea sponges, turtles, sharks, crabs, lobsters, seahorses, and fish. Corals are in fact animals. They protect our coastlines from the force of tropical storms. In addition, corals are vibrant in color. Coral reefs make up a tiny fraction of the ocean, but support ¼ of all marine life.
The coral reefs are threatened by global warming, harmful fishing practices and pollution, but everyone can contribute starting now.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for ingrediants like oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) that has been shown to cause deformities in coral larvae, trigger viral infections in coral, and lead to DNA damage. This chemical can be damaging even in small amounts. Sea water samples taken in a study showed exceptionally large amounts of oxybenzone in Hawaii and the Carribean in areas with large numbers of tourists, and researchers observed more severe damage to reefs in these areas compared to more isolated reefs.
In addition to the damage to the reefs, oxybenzone is absorbed to the skin and acts as an endocrine disruptor, altering reproductive and hormone function. This is not stuff to be putting on your children. A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control tested 2,500 Americans age 6 and up, and found that 97% had oxybenzone in their urine.
There are many mineral based sunscreens that serve to completely block the sun from your skin like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Click on the link to read an extensive article regarding research done by the Environmental Working Group for details about research and products.
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