Concern about environmental impact

Are Sunumbra sunscreens reef-friendly?

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Jun 07, 2017
Is Sunumbra Reef Safe?
by: Sue

None of Sunumbra's sunscreens contain any of the ingredients that have been shown to harm the reef's coral.

There is no evidence that the zinc oxide we use in all our sunscreens harms corals. We avoid use of all chemical sunscreen ingredients. We most specifically avoid the oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3), Butylparaben, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) which have all been shown to cause coral bleaching.

In addition to this, the water resistance of our sunscreens helps towards minimizing any impact.

The other ingredients (the botanicals), although not specifically tested as being 'Reef Safe', are biodegradable and considered safe for the environment.

Although there are no actual official tests available, Sunumbra sunscreens are regularly recommended by divers and those caring for the ocean, as Reef Safe. We also have Marine Biologists recommending our sunscreens as they attempt to persuade people to help protect our seas.

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