But first, let me make myself very clear. Your health and protection from skin cancer is way more important than if you avoid one single plastic tube of sunscreen but you should consider a better brand. Be concerned about ingredients first, then the packaging. I urge all of you to look at mineral based sunscreens rather than the cheaper brands that contain Homosalate, Oxybenzone, Octocrylene, Avobenzone, and Octinoxate. Like chemicals found in plastic, these have been known to cause some serious health issues.
And let’s not forget how those chemicals in sunscreen are affecting the environment. According to a studyconducted by a team of international scientists, the chemicals in sunscreen pose an alarming risk to coral reefs. We’ve lost a significant amount of our coral reefs in the Caribbean, already. A lot due to the bleaching phenomena that has started occurring. The study found that Oxybenzone does in fact leach coral of its nutrients and bleach it white and with over 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions winding up in coral reefs around the world each year, it’s no wonder sunscreen has been deemed a threat to the level of other environmental issues such as pollution and over fishing.
But what can you do?
Zero Waste Sun Protection
Instead of excessively covering yourself in sunscreen, try covering up instead. Wear a hat, shirt, or a cover up while in the sun and stay under an umbrella or in the shade when not covered.
Eat more foods that naturally help prevent sunburns
- Green Tea
- Dark Chocolate
- Red Wine
- Sweet Potato
- Olive Oil
- and the list goes on…
Opt for a true mineral sunscreen
Below, I’ve comprised a list of natural and sustainable sunscreens, that also come in plastic free packaging that I highly recommend.