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Published on: 17th April 2023

Sunscreen and the danger to the sea

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Choose eco-friendly sunscreen this summer

We all know that protecting our skin from the sun is crucial, especially during summer. But did you know that some sun products can harm the ocean and its marine life? Chemicals in some sunscreens can cause harm to coral reefs and pollute the waters, so it’s essential to use an eco-friendly and biodegradable sunscreen.

The problem with traditional sunscreens is that they contain chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, and avobenzone that can harm marine life. These chemicals have been found to cause coral bleaching, a phenomenon where coral loses its colour and dies. Additionally, these chemicals can be toxic to other marine life, such as fish, turtles, and algae.

Fortunately, Eau Thermale Avène is taking steps to respond to the issue.

A fantastic example is the brand partnering up with the PUR project. The PUR project aims to safeguard a key element in the survival of marine ecosystems by restoration of the damaged reefs in Indonesia. This is an excellent example of how companies can take steps towards sustainable development and conservation, benefiting both people and the planet.

Furthermore, these harsh chemicals may cause skin irritation and even lead to skin cancer. Eau Thermale Avène’s eco-friendly sunscreens contain natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin while providing adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays. To minimize the impact of Eau Thermale Avène’s products on the environment, eco-friendly and biodegradable ingredients are used in the products. Eau Thermale Avène’s sunscreens are also designed to be non-toxic to marine life*, making them safe when swimming in the water.

* Tests carried out on representative species of marine biodiversity by the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer

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