SPF is an essential (or should be!) part of your skincare routine, but some ingredients can contribute to coral reef bleaching, and cause harm to other sea life like algae, mussels, fish and dolphins. In fact, ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are actually banned in Hawaii! Look for reef safe sunscreen ingredients and brands.
- Recycle disciple
It’s easy to fall for products in cute packaging, but beware! Packaging, and over packaging is generally destined straight for landfill. Instead, familiarise yourself which materials that can be recycled in your city, use refillable products, or participate in schemes like TerraCycle which recycles hard-to-recycle materials.
- Microplastics are a major
Microplastics, like glitter and physical exfoliant beads, are a huge waste stream. Hardly visible to the human eye, the less-than-5mm pieces of plastic end up in waterways and the ocean, creating a non-biodegradable “plastic soup” that is almost impossible to get rid of. So, don’t use products with plastic in them! Instead, try gentle acid exfoliators like AHAs and BHAs.