If you haven’t heard, Hawaii is the first state to ban sunscreen containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. This is because one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have died out in three years and research says sunscreen sliding off our bodies are largely to blame. According to studies, these two chemicals induce coral bleaching and damages the coral larvae that are very detrimental to the whole underwater ecosystem. With this ban, about 70% of sunscreens commercially available will be banned in Hawaii.
This doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to sunscreen for good, though. You can still enjoy some ocean lovin’ without harming the corals with Magwai Reef-safe sunscreen! Magwai is a locally sourced sunscreen company that has specially formulated their sunscreen to be ocean-friendly. They even accept empty tubs of their packaging to be recycled! All you have to do is bring thee empties back to their physical stores!
Even without the ban here in the Philippines, I think we should all take Hawaii’s advice and ditch major sunscreen companies for something more environmentally friendly like Magwai. After all, Philippines is part of the coral triangle, which is also referred to as the Amazon of the sea, the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world that includes the most species of fish and corals known to mankind.
I’m so glad that we have a lot of environmentally friendly products that think about our oceans like Magwai and Body Party (they make swimsuits out of recycled fishnets!) that strive to make the zero waste lifestyle easier for us.
The best thing about Magwai is that they really did a lot of research into formulating their product. Not only is it reef-safe, but it also bounces off UVA and UVB rays instead of absorbing them like other sunscreens do. This will protect your skin even better!
With all these green initiatives going around, I’d like to think that becoming aware of what certain types of ingredients go into the products that we use will make us more cautious about our product consumption. Hopefully, environmentalism will evolve to be more than just a trend but a lifestyle for us.