Sustainable Reef – Safe Sunscreen

Not all sunscreens are friends of the sea.

Recent studies have shown that Benzophenone-3 (BP-3; Oxybenzone), an ingredient in sunscreen lotions and personal care products, which protects against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light, contributes to the coral bleaching and reef strain, as it disrupts coral reproduction and growth. According to these studies, even small doses of Oxybenzone – about a drop in six and a half Olympic swimming pools – damage coral.

According to both U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) andEU regulation, even sunscreens marked as “water-resistant” can lose 50 percent of their sun protection factor after 40-minute bathing.Consumers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of UV creams on coral reef and the marine ecosystem. Hawaii has banned the sale of sunscreen containing the coral-
harming chemicals.

Friend of the Sea has developed a standard for the certification of sustainable and reef-safe UV
creams to help consumers make responsible choices.

Friend of the Sea Reef-Safe Sunscreen standard

For a Sunscreen to be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable and reef-safe, the product must pass a Friend of the Sea audit to verify that:

Choose Friend of the Sea Certified Sustainable Reef-Safe Sunscreens

As a consumer or responsibly sourcing company, you can contribute to environmental and social sustainability, by sourcing Friend of the Sea certified Sustainable Reef-Safe Sunscreen. You can shop several Friend of the Sea certified Sunscreens from our online showcase. By purchasing Friend of the Sea certified products you are also supporting our several conservation and awareness programs.


Apply for Friend of the Sea Certification of Sustainable Reef- Safe Sunscreen

Request a quotation for Friend of the Sea Certification of Sustainable Reef-Safe Sunscreen Your Company can request for a quotation for audit and royalties to use the Friend of the Sea registered trademark logo, by filling out the online Preliminary Information Form.