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Is Your Sunscreen Reef-Friendly?

The bleaching and dying of coral reefs is a global crisis. Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on earth. Although they only occupy a small fraction of the ocean floor, they are home to a quarter of all marine species. If present rates of destruction are allowed to continue, much of the world's coral reefs will likely disappear over the next 30 years. In addition to global climate change and destructive fishing practices, recent studies confirm that man-made pollutants are having a significant negative impact on coral reefs. Unfortunately, one of these pollutants is sunscreen.

Several common sunscreen ingredients have been identified as toxic to coral. Below is a list of these ingredients and how each one adversely affects coral populations. At the bottom of the page, you'll find references that support the information we've provided and also links to a few studies.

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