We Support Reef-Safe Sunscreen. Protect Hawaii’s Coral Reefs!

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If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, please be sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen for all your ocean activities!!

Hawaii’s stunning coral reefs draw visitors from around the world, but these vital ecosystems are at risk of being lost. Recent studies have shown that certain sunscreen chemicals contribute to coral reef degradation. To combat this, Hawaii has enacted a law banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate – two harmful chemicals.

What Are Reef-Safe Sunscreens?

Reef-safe sunscreens are formulated without harmful chemicals that damage coral reefs. They typically use mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which offer broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays by reflecting and scattering sunlight away from the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens, these minerals do not absorb into the skin, reducing the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. Reef-safe sunscreens also avoid harmful additives like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, making them gentler on the skin and safer for the environment.

How to find the Reef-Safe Sunscreen?

Look for “mineral sunscreens” that use non-nano zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are generally considered safe for reefs. Additionally, ensure the product is labeled as “reef-safe” or “reef-friendly” and check for certifications from reputable organizations. If you’re unsure what to look for or buy, you can visit our shop, Treasures & You, in Waikiki! If you are joining our Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Tour, you can purchase it on the way to the harbor in our pick-up bus.”


Harmful Chemicalsto Avoid:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate

While avoiding oxybenzone and octinoxate is crucial, other ingredients can also be detrimental to marine life. To ensure a sunscreen is truly reef-safe, look for products that avoid the following:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sulfates
  • Nanoparticles
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid)
  • Triclosan

Check toxic sunscreen ingredients.

These chemicals can cause coral bleaching, disrupt marine life hormone systems, and contribute to water pollution.

Why Choose Reef-Safe Sunscreens?

By choosing reef-safe sunscreens, you help protect Hawaii’s precious coral reefs. These sunscreens provide excellent sun protection without contributing to environmental harm. The amount one person uses is small, but with more than 35,000 visitors in Hawaii daily, the cumulative effect can cause significant damage to the ocean. As you plan your trip to Hawaii, make sure to include reef-safe sunscreen in your packing list.

Help us preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty by opting for reef-safe sunscreens on your next visit. Together, we can ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the vibrant and healthy coral reefs that make Hawaii a unique and treasured destination.

And You Creations has been awarded the prestigious Sustainable Tour Operator Partner certification by the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai’i (STAH). Check out our eco-friendly tour options to experience sustainable travel in Hawaii!

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