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Article: Help protect marine life during National Ocean Month and beyond

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Help protect marine life during National Ocean Month and beyond

Summer is now in full-swing and we are planning our beach getaways, but don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and check the ingredients in the sunscreen you pack! While we are remembering to leave straws or glass bottles at home to keep our oceans and beaches clean and safe for marine life, let’s also remember to bring biodegradable sunscreens, such as BRUSH ON BLOCK® Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

According to Smarter Travel, many destinations have already or plan to ban sunscreens that are non-biodegradable. This includes sunscreens that have chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, that are found in most drug store brands. BRUSH ON BLOCK® Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is made with natural minerals including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Choose Brush On Block to help save our coral reefs and ocean life and to protect your loved ones from sun damage. 

To be sure you don't pack a sunscreen that is banned at your vacation destination, here are just a few of the places taking action against oxybenzone & octinoxate:

In effect since January, 2020: Palau, Aruba

In effect since March, 2020: US Virgin Islands

Beginning January, 2021: Hawaii, Key West Florida, Bonaire


Sunscreen ingredients are not yet banned in Mexico, but some vacation spots that specialize in eco-tourism like Xel Ha, Xcaret Park, Garrafon Natural Reef Park, some places in Cozumel and similar spots in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are asking visitors to use only natural sunscreens.