Reef Safe Sunscreen Guide [Visual]

It’s no secret that sunscreen is important to staying safe under the sun! Unfortunately, the sunscreen that protects us often means “danger” for our friends in the sea.

The National Park Service says 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen is found annually in reef areas. High-traffic areas that host activities like snorkeling and diving are home to higher concentrations of sunscreen than less visited areas. You might be wondering, “Why does this matter?”

Many popular sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone are known to bleach and kill coral reefs. In addition to harming reefs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that sunscreen chemicals cause reproduction, growth and immune system complications for sea wildlife.

Bans on sunscreen with harmful ingredients are already in place in a few areas. However, these ingredients are still present in many popular brands. Unfortunately, grabbing “reef safe” labeled sunscreen doesn’t solve the problem either, as the use of the term “reef safe” isn’t regulated. Instead, you’ll need to know the difference between safe and harmful ingredients yourself.

Below, we dive into well-known toxic sunscreen ingredients and give tips for picking reef-friendly sunscreen.

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The Twentrees: The Decade that Saves our Planet

11,000 scientists have analyzed the last 40 years of data and “clearly and unequivocally [declared] that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” Hence we must consider the potential option that they could be right.

The Indepedent calls “2020 [the] world’s last chance to tackle climate change“.

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Create your own Backyard Getaway [Visual]

The stress we’re facing these days is at an all-time high. A health crisis is gripping the country and the world, and we want nothing more than to get away from it all. The problem is, getaways are out of the question for now.

If we only had our own backyard getaway, things would be a bit different. Imagine spending the better part of your day in your personal oasis right there in your backyard, with customized misting systems keeping you cool day and night. You can have your meals there, curl up on the furniture, read your favorite books, all to the sound of water cascading down a small fountain a few feet away.

It’s never too late to create an oasis right there in your backyard. If you’re interested in creating a backyard getaway for yourself, check out the infographic below for tips on making it a reality.

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Let’s Save the Rainforest! [Tips]

Take a breath, thank a rainforest. This World Rainforest Day, take a moment to think about the many ways in which rainforests positively affect our lives. They provide us with food, medicine, climate regulation, and so much more. The benefits of rainforests are innumerable.

Essential to our survival, rainforests are responsible for more than 25% of all Western medicine and house more than 50% of the world’s plant and animal species. Only covering 2 percent of the planet’s surface area, rainforests are dense and concentrated; however, they directly provide for indigenous populations who live off the land and work to protect this precious resource.

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A Bee’s Worth 🐝 [Visuals]

By observing World Bee Day each year, we can raise awareness on the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, and on the many challenges they face today.

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