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🇬🇧 REEF FRIENDLY?? BY Angela Rojas

Actualizado: 31 may 2020

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Hello future travelers! In my last blog entry I gave you the first 3 blunt traveling tips for the Yucatan and Riviera Maya. I talked about what to bring to a tour, suggesting the use of sun-shirts or sun-clothing with UV protection, instead of any type of sunscreens, even the so called “reef-friendly”, “reef-safe” “biodegradable”, organic, or whatever other names companies are using to create the FALSE idea that these creams will not affect our oceans, lakes, rivers, sinkholes, etc... or that they will not harm the marine life or the reef. This article is also not meant to be a scientific study on Marine Biology or a Chemistry class, although, if you did not know, your Celebrity Guide is a Food Engineer by career.

The goal is to show you in an easy, practical way, how different sunscreens affect the reef and what we CAN do as explorers to protect ourselves whilst also protecting the health of our oceans and marine life. If you want to geek out and learn more, follow my blog: www.thecelebrityguidemexico.com

To survive, corals need sunlight to then produce natural sugars, basically their food. I created a little home experiment that you can watch in the video accompanying this entry. You will see how regular sunblock “reef-friendly creams” and kitchen oil behave once in the water.

It’s a pretty straight forward answer to the question: Can I use this cream if it is biodegradable or reef friendly? The short answer is: NO! if you really want to do your share… You can conclude yourselves that the safest way to go is: covering up with sun-clothing. You can even go a step further and buy a local brand to support your community, check their materials and production practices, fair pay, and more.



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