The Value of
'Reef Safe'

Coral bleaching, the impact of chemical sunscreens, and the need for coral reefs.

Our Commitment to the Environment

Our products are derived from all-natural ingredients because we care about our bodies and the impact skin and suncare products have on our planet. Chemical ingredients are dangerous and are actively contributing to the destruction of marine environments and beyond. What you wear matters. 

Impacting our Planet

What is Coral Bleaching?

Important Factors Causing Coral Reef Destruction

Rising Ocean Temperatures

The negative effects of climate change cannot be overstated. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, between 2014 and 2017 around 75% of the world’s tropical coral reefs experienced heat-stress severe enough to trigger bleaching. For 30% of the world’s reefs, that heat-stress was enough to kill coral.

Ocean Pollution

Coral reefs need clean, clear water to survive. When sediment and other pollutants enter the water (such as oil and plastic), they smother coral reefs and sicken them. According to a research report in the journal Science, "The likelihood of disease increases from 4 percent to 89 percent when corals are in contact with plastic.

Chemical Sunscreens

Every year, an estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in our oceans with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas such as Hawaii and the Caribbean. The problem is the majority of sunscreen on the market today utilize harmful chemical ingredients that are known to destroy and poison coral species. 

Coral Bleaching, DNA Damage

The Dangers of Sunscreen Toxicity

Protecting our Planet

How to be 'Reef Safe'

The first step is to switch to sunscreens that are naturally biodegradable, contain mineral sunblocks (Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide) instead of chemical UV filters, and are designated "non-nano", like Divios Protect. Be Careful: Many mineral sunscreens still use harmful chemicals or nano-sized zinc oxide which can be toxic to corals. Many tropical territories such as Hawaii, USVI, Key West have already passed bans on chemical sunscreens.

Earth's Most Diverse Ecosystem

The Importance of Coral Reefs