We flock to the beach as soon as the sun graces us with its presence, so there’s no better time to consider the impact our beauty routines have on the ocean. Here are three ways to ensure it’s more ocean friendly.
Ditch the beads
Plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand in May, due to the havoc they wreak on the ocean’s ecosystem, so get a head start. Choose natural exfoliants and be mindful these teeny-tiny beads turn up in unexpected products – check your cleanser and toothpaste, too.
Five to 13 million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year, so reducing unnecessary plastic usage is crucial. Opt for smart packaging – homegrown plastic-free pioneer Ethique do everything from shampoo to a self-tanner – and recycle those old plastic beauty bottles.
Sun protection is vital for any beach dweller, but slathering on chemical-based sunscreens can have a detrimental impact on sea life. Studies have found oxybenzone – commonly used in chemical-based sunscreens – is toxic to coral, exacerbates coral bleaching and can damage coral DNA.
Try three of our favourite sea-friendly products in the gallery below.