It’s Time We Head Into the Oxybenzone- Free Zone!


Taylor Ford

Excuse me. What?

July 7, 2021

Sunscreen: it’s an essential step to any morning routine, beach trip, or sports event. Without sunscreen, not only do you risk a painful sunburn and premature aging, you also risk getting skin cancer from that sunburn. It’s incredibly upsetting to see how something SO crucial to everyday life can also be SO harmful to the environment.

The Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen uses four active ingredients to protect your skin, but the ingredient of interest here is octocrylene. Octocrylene raises MAJOR sustainability concerns. It is known to bioaccumulate in both humans and animals, posing a MASSIVE risk to marine life... YIKES!!

This isn’t to say Hawaiian Tropic isn’t at least TRYING to remove this ingredient from its products. They currently initiate making 90% of their products oxybenzone- and octinoxate-free, with the final goal being 100% in 2021. Of course, this is a worthy goal for a sunscreen brand to have, ESPECIALLY considering these ingredients have been so essential for the production of sunscreen in the past. Still, it raises the question: why wasn’t the goal 100% to begin with?

There are SO many other sunscreen brands that have ALREADY reached this goal. I highly doubt there was anything of significance getting in the way of making their initial goal 100% (besides money, which isn’t significant in my mind).

Yes, removing oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreen is an important initiative for the brand, but this is Hawaiian Tropic’s ONLY sustainable initiative. Hey, Hawaiian Tropic, eliminating these ingredients from your product is the BARE MINIMUM!!!

This is a brand that RELIES on nature and the outdoors for their marketing, so if they destroy the very thing that makes them money in the first place... they’re gonna be kinda screwed.

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