The sun’s rays are harmful and we need to be able to trust the sunscreen we use to protect our skin. But EWG found that more than 60 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens it assessed contain oxybenzone – a toxic chemical that is harmful to our health and our planet.
Oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and allergic skin reactions, as well as the bleaching of coral reefs and coral death. This toxic chemical is found in the blood of nearly every American tested for it and has even been found in breast milk.
Oxybenzone’s harmful effects have led the Hawaii state legislature to pass a bill that would ban products that contain it. The truth is that sunscreens sold in the United States aren’t as good as they could be. Sunscreen manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration need to hear from all of us: We want sunscreen products that provide adequate protection from ultraviolet rays AND do not use potentially harmful ingredients.
Help EWG get this hazardous ingredient out of sunscreens for good.
Use the form below to add your name to EWG’s petition calling on manufacturers to remove oxybenzone from their SPF products.
Oxybenzone is bad for human health and the environment. It has no place in the products we rely on to protect us from UV radiation. Oxybenzone is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that has also been linked to damage to coral reefs across the globe. We need safe, reliable sunscreens. Oxybenzone is not the answer. I urge you to remove this chemical from all your SPF products and reformulate with safer alternatives.
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