Save Our Reefs!
Each year, millions of swimmers, beach bums, and tourists lather on sunscreen while enjoying the sunshine. Unaware that many sunscreens sold today cause irreparable harm to the ecosystem and our reefs. This bleaching of our reefs destroys millions of marine life habitats and affects the beautiful reefs that take hundreds of years to establish. We offer sunscreen at our online store that is reef safe and 100% natural to improve skincare as well. All proceeds directly go towards the education of swimmers on the care for our reefs. Big Blu World exists to reduce plastic in our oceans, lakes, and rivers, revive a passion for our planet, and reclaim nature's finest creations. Continue reading to learn more about reef care and contact us to discover how you can get involved!
Using The Right Sunscreen
While it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, it’s just as important to be mindful of the type of sunscreen you’re using. Many popular brands contain chemicals that are harmful to both you and the environment. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are two such chemicals that have been shown to cause endocrine disruption, allergic reactions, and cell damage. These chemicals are also known to be toxic to coral reefs. When swimmers wear sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, it rubs off into the water. Once in the water, these chemicals can cause bleaching, which kills coral reefs.
Careful Observation Of Reefs
When divers and swimmers visit coral reefs, it is important for them to remember to simply observe the reef and the life living there, rather than interacting directly with it. Even the slightest touch can damage delicate coral polyps, which are the living parts of the reef. When damaged, these polyps can expel the symbiotic algae that live inside of them. This algae is what provides coral reefs with their beautiful colors. Without it, the coral becomes bleached and more susceptible to disease.
Proper Disposal Of Trash
It is estimated that approximately 14 billion pounds of trash enter the world’s oceans every year. This trash ranges from plastic bottles and straws to fishing nets and construction debris. This debris can entangle and kill marine life, as well as damage coral reefs. When divers and snorkelers are finished exploring a reef, they should be sure to dispose of any trash they may have brought with them properly.
You Can Help Save The Reefs
Here at Big Blu World, we are dedicated to saving the world’s reefs. We offer reef-safe sunscreen that is 100% natural and free of harmful chemicals. We also have other events and options to help you get involved with saving the reefs. Reach out today to learn more and to get started!