Most commercial sun screens use substances that are dangerous for marine life, corals and wild life in general. We think, that it’s silly to poison our playgrounds, our mountains and our oceans with compounds that can harm it forever. Standard chemical sunscreens use substances like oxybenzone, that even in very low concentration harms marine life. Non coated NANO particles of zinc oxide or titanium oxide aren’t any better. With all that in mind we reached a conclusion; as far as science goes these days bulk form of zinc oxide is the safest for the environment. Let us explain you why how we reached this conclusion.
What is oxybenzone and why WE should care about it.
Oxybenzone is a chemical compound and it is the most common chemical UV filter used in sun screens today. According to EWG, oxybenzone is found in 80% of chemical sunscreens on the market and it is estimated to be detected in 96% of American population. EWG rated oxybenzone 8/10 on toxicity rating. Translated to regular English: Oxybenzone is one of the most toxic ingredients in cosmetic industry.
Oxybenzone belongs to a class of chemicals that mimic human hormones and it has been INCREASINGLY linked to problems such as early puberty, low sperm count as well hormone–related cancers. But it is not only human well-being that is of concern; Oxybenzone is highly toxic when it comes in contact with marine life and wild life in general. Oxybenzone creates reef bleaching that causes the death of the coral. Scientists have proven that a single drop of Oxybenzone will have an impact on coral in an area equivalent to 6 Olympic size swimming pools. With up to 15 000 tons of sunscreen washed into the sea in popular tourist destinations this represents a GLOBAL environmental problem.
It is proven that up to 25% of sunscreen is washed off the skin within the first 20 min after application. But washing off is not only way how oxybenzone gets into the environment; in tests traces of the chemical were detected in user’s urine within 30 minutes after application. The chemical then easily passes through modern sewage treatment systems and enters the sea. As well as corals, oxybenzone is toxic to algae, sea urchins, fish and sea mammals. Both dolphin and human mothers can transfer oxybenzone to their infants via breastmilk. Other toxins such as methoxycinnamate and camphors are on the SIN (SUBSTITUTE IT NOW) list of International Chemical Secretariat. Other compounds that are derived from mineral oil–PARABENS are used in cosmetic industry as preservatives. Silicon polymers, cyclic siloxanes as well as parabens are NON-biodegradable and potentially toxic to marine life.
Not–so–Eco Nano particles of heavy metals.
A current trend in mainstream sun protection products is to take zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (two UV filter materials) and transform them into NANO particles. This way you can create long lasting and colourless sun screen. NANO particles are very small (1000x smaller than the skin cell) and even though they are the same minerals, the tiny NANO particles are very different. Due to their small size, Nano coated titanium dioxide and zinc oxide pose potential dangers to the health of consumers as well as the environment. A study done by the National Geographic has proven that exposing sea urchins to NANO particles leads to negative developments such as lose of their natural self-defence or even the loss of the ability to eat. The urchins in the study were exposed to only very small amounts of the NANO particles. On the other hand, there is no evidence that the regular sized zinc oxide used in Amazinc! is causing any damage to marine organisms like fishes and coral reefs. That is why we choose to make AmaZinc! NANO free, to cause no harm to the Oceans and all living creatures in it.
Plastic Free Packaging–Chemical Free content!
We consider mineral oil as the blood of our planet. Mineral oil is a miracle and is used in many different industries and products however we believe it has no business being on your skin. Quite often the cosmetic industry uses oil in an effort to conserve their products. Parabens (as the compounds are called) are quite complicated and have not yet been properly researched.
Anyways, we would not put mineral oil on our face, would you?
And why are we so bothered by this topic? Well it is fairly simple. Oceans make up 2/3 of the planet Earth. They provide millions of people with the means to make a living and millions more with essential food. Moreover, Oceans are keeping worlds environment in balance. Scientists discovered that Oceans have the ability to absorb CO2, one of the main greenhouse gasses produced by humans. Oceans are doing us the service of cleaning our atmosphere from greenhouse pollutants that humans are creating. Sometimes the coral reefs are called the rainforest of the sea. Even though coral reefs stretch over less than 1% of Oceans floor, they provide home for more than 25% of marine species and they too have the ability to absorb CO2. In general, the world’s Oceans absorb as much CO2 as rainforests and healthy reefs are playing a very important role in this process.
But humans often forget that the world’s Oceans are fragile ecosystems and they can’t be mistreated. Overfishing, polluting with plastics and with chemicals are ALL major problems which jeopardise the delicate balance in the Oceans. We chose NOT to BE part of this problem.
And we want to encourage you to do the same!