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SUP enthusiasts are almost always out getting their thrills in the sun. This means that even around winter time, SUP-ers are out on the water. It may not seem sunny, but it’s still important to protect yourself from the strong rays, even in the colder months.
It’s important to be picky when it comes to sun protection. There are four ingredients used in popular sunscreens that have the ability to cause pollution to our precious reefs. Cinnamate, paraben, benzophenone, and a derivative of camphor can all be found in different sunscreens. These ingredients are commonly found in octinoxate and oxybenzone, two chemicals which show up in a number of sunscreens.
Hawaii has banned sunscreen that contains these two chemicals, fortunately. The banning of their sale will start at the beginning of 2021.
When the ban was announced in a press release, the governor of Hawaii said, “Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life. This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii’s coral reefs.”
Though Hawaii seems to be the pioneer when it comes to taking actual action, it’s not the only place where a ban on oxybenzone and octinoxate is being considered. Australia, the Bahamas, New Zealand, and a small Caribbean island called Bonaire are also making strides to ban the two harmful chemicals.
If you live in one of these areas, that’s great news. If you don’t, you’ll continue to see these toxic chemicals on the back of the sunscreens sold at your local stores. Some common products you’re likely to see on your store’s shelves are Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 or Coppertone Sport 50.
The active ingredients in Coppertone Sport 50 compensate for more than 21 percent of the product, and they are shown to cause great damage to the reefs in the ocean.
If you thought that was bad, Equate’s equivalent product ingredients compensate for more than 32 percent. They contain more toxic ingredients such as one called homosalate, an ingredient that’s been banned in Japan. In Canada, the same ingredient has been classified as a bio-accumulative environmental toxin.
If You’re a SUP-er, You Can Help
As warriors of the iSUP lifestyle, we share a love for water as well as the responsibility to conserve our environment. We have to protect our waterways and reefs. Participate in a beach cleanup, or simply live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, like a true SUP-er.
If your country or state is slow to ban sunscreens with toxic ingredients, you can act in many ways yourself to help the initiative.
To begin with, you can promote nontoxic products by giving them your business! Take a look at this list to find the perfect sunscreen to preserve our reefs.
If a local store or shop near you doesn’t sell one of those products, don’t be afraid to ask a manager to make a special order for you. After all, it will help them in the long run.
Last but not least, raise awareness about this issue. Talk to your family and friends or post to social media to outline the dangers of these chemicals. If you really want to get your point across, leave a bad review for the bad products and leave a good review for the ocean-friendly ones. It may seem like a little, but it could amount to a lot!
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