Zero Waste Sun Protection: Protecting Yourself and the Ocean

Zero Waste Sun Protection: Protecting Yourself and the Ocean

In our efforts to enjoy the sun responsibly, it's important to go beyond just protecting our skin; we must also safeguard our oceans and marine life. This is why choosing, plastic-free, reef-safe sunscreen is crucial. Conventional sunscreens often contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been shown to contribute to coral bleaching and disrupt marine ecosystems. When we swim in the ocean wearing these sunscreens, these chemicals can wash off our skin and accumulate in the water, posing a serious threat to coral reefs and aquatic life.

Reef-safe sunscreens, on the other hand, use mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that are non-toxic to corals and marine life. They provide effective protection against UV rays without the environmental harm caused by chemical sunscreen ingredients. By opting for reef-safe sunscreen, you're making a conscious choice to protect not only your skin but also fragile marine ecosystems.

Moreover, shopping for reef-safe sunscreen in bulk can significantly reduce plastic waste. Many conventional sunscreen products come in single-use plastic packaging, contributing to the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans. By purchasing refillable options, you can minimize the amount of plastic waste generated. Imagine the positive impact if everyone made this simple switch!

Buying in bulk not only reduces packaging waste but also often saves money in the long run. At Mission Refill we offer All Good mineral sunscreen and kids sunscreen for $3.00 per oz, while the going rate at Target is $5.00 per oz. It's a win-win situation for your wallet and the environment. 

When planning your beach outings or outdoor adventures, don't forget to pack your reusable sunscreen container along with other zero waste essentials like reusable water bottles and snacks. Making these small changes in our daily habits can collectively make a big difference in preserving our planet.

In conclusion, zero waste sun protection is about more than just shielding our skin from the sun—it's about taking a holistic approach to our impact on the environment. Choose reef-safe sunscreen to protect marine life, opt for bulk or refillable options to reduce plastic waste, and spread the word to encourage others to join the movement. Together, we can enjoy the outdoors responsibly while ensuring a healthier planet for future generations.