Looking for the best options to stay safe in the Caribbean sun without having to worry about the health risk of sunscreen or the damage it can do to our coral reefs? CORE volunteers spend a LOT of time in the sun, and they are ready to share their favorites with you!
I use a combination of Raw Elements and SurfDurt. I like the Raw Elements on my face, but for the tips of my ears and sideburn area I go with SurfDurt as it tends to not rub off as easily at these problematic areas for me.
I have to confess I don't wear sunscreen very often, but when I do I grab my Raw Elements tin and throw it in my backpack. Living a plastic free life can limit the products I purchase, but I love that this product comes in a tin that I can reuse when the sunscreen is done!
"Whenever Frank Cumming, president of CORE, goes out into the community to make a presentation about lionfish, he is quick to bring up another concern that might turn out to be an even greater threat to coral reefs – sunscreens containing toxic chemicals."
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies May 20 before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)
Learn more about the amazing work that Autumn Blum does with her company Stream 2 Sea. Stream2Sea is St. John Volunteer extraordinaire Tom Krall's go-to choice for reef safe sunscreen!
An Act amending title 27, chapter 9 of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a section 305h providing for a ban on the retail sale or offer for sale, and the distribution or importation for retail purposes of topical sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.
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