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February 2019    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 34, No. 2   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Reef Safe Sunscreen Isn’t Safe -- And Its Maker Doesn’t Care

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In our August 2018 issue, we ran a story about sunscreen lotions, noting that scientists have found that one of its common ingredients, oxybenzone, is toxic to coral. So toxic, in fact, that both Hawaii and Palau recently banned any sunscreen with the ingredient, and other jurisdictions are considering it.

Reef Safe, an oxybenzone-based sunscreen manufactured by Tropical Seas, has been heavily marketed to divers as being safe for coral, with claims that the company has a unique manufacturing process. Tropical Seas went so far as to pay Mote Marine Lab to conduct a study -- one that many serious scientists consider invalid and unreliable -- and then published glowing results on its website and in materials marketed to divers and dive stores....

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