Give Chemicals the Bird: Environmental Damage

If something is harmful for you, chances are it’s harmful for the environment, too. Caring for ourselves means caring for the earth. At Goddess Garden we keep this in mind with every decision we make, from the way we source our ingredients to our recyclable packaging and the organizations we support. And this is a big reason why all our sunscreens are non-nano and reef safe.

Keppel-bleaching_largeThis isn’t pretty!

Okay, it’s still pretty, but it’s a pretty skeleton. “Bleached” coral doesn’t simply mean the coral isn’t as vibrant. White coral is akin to bare bones. There is no longer any life. And chemical sunscreens are not reef safe. They are coral killers—especially since about 14,000 tons of it are washed into oceans every year.(i)

Make Sure Your Sunscreen is Reef Safe!

Algae and coral have a symbiotic relationship. Algae live in the coral tissue. In return for its room and board, the algae “feed” the coral through photosynthesis and give the coral its color. Common chemicals in traditional sunscreen, like oxybenzone, awaken a dormant virus. The virus multiplies, unchecked, until the algae explodes. Once this happens, the algae is released from the coral and the coral dies. The reefs provide food for about

4,000 species of fish, and provide homes for 25 percent of all sea life. They also directly feed 30­ to 40 million people every year. Often referred to as the rainforests of the sea, we’re losing coral reefs about twice as fast as we’re losing the rainforests!(ii)

The four chemicals linked to this phenomenon are parabens, cinnamate, benzophenone and a camphor derivative.(iii)  And they aren’t the only threat to the reefs! Nano-particles also have harmful effects on algae, further poisoning aquatic ecosystems.(iv)

Chemicals are toxic to animals, just like they are to us!

We know the chemicals in conventional sunscreens are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can lead to infertility, problems with sexual development and increased risk of cancer.(v) Similarly, they can have the same consequences for the animals as they do for us. On the sunny side, simply switching to a mineral and reef-safe sunscreen like Goddess Garden’s will make a world of difference. Even Mother Nature wants you to give these chemicals the bird, and we’re here to help!

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(i)  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/20/450276158/chemicals-in-sunscreen-are-harming-coral-reefs-says-new-study

(ii) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/08/070807-coral-loss.html

(iii) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080129-sunscreen-coral.html

(iv) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1065%2Fespr2006.06.311

(v) http://www.doctoroz.com/article/your-sunscreen-might-be-poisoning-you

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