Summer is arriving in the northern part of the planet. Protecting yourself against the sun is important, but be sure to do it in a way that is safe both for you and the planet.
Why make the change?
Somewhere between 4 000 and 6 000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year. Most sunscreens contain a chemical called oxybenzone, which, according to a new study, harms these beautiful reefs. Studies also show that some chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.
How to make the change
There are alternatives that instead of using chemicals to protect you, use minerals to create a physical barrier. Look for products that don’t contain oxybenzone, avobbenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. If you don’t find it in your local shop, look online.
Be a climate ninja
Make your own sunscreen. You can find lots of recipes online, most of them contain coconut oil and raspberry seed oil. Or simply try to avoid being in the sun longer than your skin can take so you don’t have to use sunscreen. Then you’ll also get a dose of precious vitamin D, which can be blocked by sun screens. But be careful, nobody wants to look like the danish flag on the beach.