The Keys have a focus on reef preservation and taking care of our creatures in a natural world. Coral is being transplanted by volunteers who can then snorkel to see the transplanted coral which spawns within two years.
With reef preservation in mind, the Keys have banned regular sunscreen; any sunscreen used has to be “reef-friendly.” Chemicals in regular sunscreens can cause changes in aquatic organisms and become lethal. Studies have shown that sunscreens worn by swimmers, divers, snorkelers, fisherman contributed to the decline of coral reefs. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into our coral reefs every year and speeds up the process of coral reefs bleaching, as well as being toxic to certain reef fish species.
Stream2Sea has sunscreen that is saltwater, freshwater and coral larvae tested making it totally safe to use in any water. If you are going fishing, the sunscreen is also bait friendly. It contains a blend of aloe, green tea, olive leaf and seaweed, and these botanicals protect skin from free radical damage and the harsh effects of sun, salt and wind. Free of Zinc, Nano – free and Paraben free. They also make a sun and sting relief gel.
Even the tubes are made from sugarcane resins, and the 32 oz. bottles are made from recycled milk jugs. Reducing their impact on the environment, the packaging is as green and sustainable as the products.