In the past, researches have focused on the effects of oxybenzone, one of many sunscreens’ ingredients, which is harming corals. A new shocking study showed that microparticles used in sunscreens are likely to cause abnormalities in sea life as they disrupt key hormones. Nano-materials are affecting our environment big time.
Environmental Health Perspectives estimated that in 2008 (just imagine how much it is now) 14 000 tons of sunscreen was deposited worldwide.
Obviously, the most sustainable things for you and the environment would be to stay out of the sun altogether or cover-up. However, we realize that’s not always possible, nor do we want to stay out of the sun forever.
To minimize the impact of your sun-protection on the environment, keep the following in mind: