Sustainable sunscreen? Yes please!

I’m soaking up that year round Florida sun again today, but for the rest of the country covered in snow, don’t worry because the first day of spring is exactly 1 month away!  With that in mind it’s never a bad idea to prepare yourself to battle the suns harmful uv rays, but in the healthiest / most sustainable way possible, so why not do it with some Captain Planet approved sunscreen by Avasol.

If you didn’t know most sunscreens are filled with chemicals that are not only harmful to your health, but that also harm the environment, especially the coral reefs. To break it down for you, the key sun blocking ingredient found in sunscreen, oxybenzone, kills tiny soft-bodied organisms related to sea anemones and jellyfish by deforming their cells, damaging their DNA and triggering the release of hormones that cause the young corals to encase themselves in skeleton.  Just one drop of it in a volume of water equivalent to 6.5 Olympic swimming pools can be harmful to corals, and it’s estimated that between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into reef areas every year.

Pretty crazy stuff, but I’m glad to see states are starting to take action such as Hawaii last year and now my home state of Florida who will ban sales of sunscreens containing the same chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate by Jan 1, 2021.  Although I think its a great step forward, in my opinion that is too long to wait while all the damage is being done, especially when there are great ocean safe out there like this one from Avasol which contains natural zinc oxide. Not only is it less harmful to coral reefs, but to the planet as a whole because their packaging tube is made of recycled paper board that is completely plastic free and compostable! I have to say that this is definitely one of the better purchases I’ve made recently because of those reasons, but also knowing I’m not putting any cancer causing chemicals on my body!  Lastly, you can even buy it in different tints to match your skin tone because most zinc based sunscreens will leave your face looking ghost white, which wouldn’t really match Captain Planet’s outfit to well!

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