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Hawaiian Sunscreen Legislation Builds upon Work Tropical Seas Began Over 20 Years Ago

Since 1995, Tropical Seas has advocated for Reef Safe Sunscreen and the Hawaiian Legislation is a good step forward, but there is more work to do. Reef Safe Sun® Care understands the need for the Hawaiian legislature’s recent approval of Bill 2571, which will ban the marketing and sale of sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, beginning January 1, 2021. While we understand, we just do not feel that a...

Fact or Fiction: Is Your Sunscreen Company Truly Eco-Friendly?

As the leader in environmentally friendly sun care products, we at Reef Safe Sun have real concerns and take real actions to help our environment!  While our competitors copycat us and try to take credit for our innovations, we are out in the forefront researching more avenues in which we can be an even more responsible sunscreen & cosmetic manufacturer and make an even stronger positive impact on our planet....

Fact or Fiction: What is the True Meaning of Being Eco-Friendly?

  "Well, I read it on the internet, so it must be true!" Just because Google and sunscreen competitors say something is true does not make it so. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are not biodegradable nor are they renewable nor sustainable, yet sunscreen brands containing 15 - 25% of either or combinations of both claim to be 100% biodegradable. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both deemed Ocean Pollutants...

Reef Safe - It's more than just words

  "Reef Safe - What does it really mean?" reef safe is a distinction used in the saltwater aquarium hobby to indicate that a fish or invertebrate is safe to add to a reef aquarium. Every fish that is commonly listed as reef safe are species that usually do not readily consume small fish or invertebrates. The reef safe term would also apply to aquarium decorations or to silicones or...

Truth - Reef Safe Videos

Real Science: Oxybenzone Killing Corals Debunked as Junk Science!

Purpose To prove that the protocol used to make the claim that Oxybenzone kills coral larvae by solubilizing Oxybenzone into DMSO had design flaws to intentionally to kill the coral larvae. Materials Sample of 99.9% pure DMSO Sample of 100% Oxybenzone Seawater Lab beakers (4) Weigh scale Accurate +/- 0.001 grams Control Procedure   To verify the affects of  99.9% Pure DMSO on seawater we placed 9 grams of 99.9%...

Founder's Position: When Enough is Enough

There are many sunscreen products with varying ingredients on the market today. For the past six years there have been many claims about the affects of sunscreens on corals and aquatic organisms. We have not seen studies that replicate the real world conditions that affect coral organisms nor a globally accepted protocol. Most studies only depict extremely large quantities of sunscreen confined in small volume containers that hold corals. These...

Fact vs. Fiction

Independent Laboratory Testing Biodegradability Our products biodegrade on average in less than 90 days in seawater & freshwater (oceans, lakes & rivers). Note: There are three levels of biodegradability per the OECD[1] (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development): Readily Biodegradable – biodegrades in 28 days Inherently Biodegradable – biodegrades within 90 days Ultimately Biodegradable – biodegrades over 90 days Second criteria of biodegradability testing: Water test source – Typically biodegradability...

Reef Safe On a Mission

Reef Safe Suncare believes today’s children are the key to our oceans’ future health and well-being, and it is imperative that they be made aware and educated about our oceans, lakes and their inhabitants. As they become voters and lawmakers, we feel this knowledge will assist them when their turn comes to protect our water environment and make decisions concerning their existence and sustainability. This is paramount to the needs...

The Badger'ing of Reef Safe™ Sunscreens

The sunscreen industry is full of lemmings* that utilize Zinc Oxide in their SPF formulas claiming biodegradability and coral reef safe, this poses numerous questions and issues that we’ve outlined below: *Note: A Lemming is a member of a crowd with no originality or voice of his own. One who speaks or repeats only what he has been told. Not Biodegradable: Figure 1: "Be better protected from mayhem, like me."...

How to Treat Jellyfish Stings

The Do’s and Don’ts to soothing your skin from an aquatic animal sting Jellyfish belong to the phylum Cnidarians, which contains over 10,000 species of aquatic and mostly marine animals that have specialized cells used for capturing prey and for defense against predators. When this specialized structure is activated, a tiny harpoon-like tubule shaft known as a penetrant nematocyst forcefully ejects and penetrates your skin and releases its toxins. This...

How to Properly Clean & Defog Dive Masks, Swim & Ski Goggles

Reef Safe Biodegradable Mask Care System was created in response to divers’ requests for an environmentally friendly mask defog that was odor free and non-irritating. My love of everything water lead me to become a certified diver in 1993 eventually creating Reef Safe Biodegradable sunscreens in 1998. The obvious next step- listen to what other divers deemed necessary to help protect our ocean environment. Being a diver, I hated removing...

Where in the World is Reef Safe Photo Contest!

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TOP 10 REASONS TO USE REEF SAFE SUNCARE

**Sunscreen Proven Safe for Both the Environment and Skin** Ormond Beach, FL (March 29, 2016) Beach season is quickly approaching, and it's time to start thinking about using sunscreen. "Think blue - it's the new green" this Spring Break and summer by choosing Reef Safe SunCare, a sunscreen that not only protects skin from the sun, but has been scientifically proven harmless to our ocean environment.  "There are so many...

REEF SAFE™ SUNCARE PROVEN NON-TOXIC TO TESTED CORALS

**Study Conducted by Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory Reveals Reef Safe is Harmless to Corals and Causes No Visual Impact** Ormond Beach, FL (March 2, 2016) To determine the impact of its sun care products on coral reefs, Reef Safe engaged the world-renown Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory to test the toxicity of Reef Safe’s formulations, containing varying levels of sunscreen actives, including oxybenzone, on corals representative of inshore and...

REEF SAFE SUNCARE UNVEILS NEW PLANT-DERIVED BIO-RESIN BOTTLES

**New Packaging Uses 90% Less Energy; Creates Negative Carbon Footprint** Ormond Beach, FL (February 5, 2016) Reef Safe SunCare, a biodegradable sunscreen that doesn’t harm reefs or oceans, announced it has begun production on packaging their products in their new plant derived bio-resin bottles. The new bottles are set to hit stores mid-March 2016. “We are extremely gratified to have discovered bottling for our products that is bio-based and renewable,...

Real Science with Reef Safe: Does Reef Safe use Oxybenzone in their products?

  Does Reef Safe use Oxybenzone in their products? Absolutely, Oxybenzone is one of the best biodegradable organic UV protectors available. The FDA limits use of Oxybenzone at 6.0% w/w, our standard use rate is around 4.0%, varies from 1.5% to 6.0% pending on the Reef Safe formula. You may have heard about the recent very questionable test methods which used highly toxic DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) to solubilize the Oxybenzone, as Oxybenzone...

Reef Safe® Named Official Sun Care of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Florida-Made Product Is World's Only Scientifically Proven Biodegradable, Non-Toxic to Sea Life Sun Care St. Pete/Clearwater (June 8, 2015) - With an eye on the well-being of both visitors and sea life this summer, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is pleased to announce a first-ever marketing partnership with the world's only scientifically proven biodegradable, non-toxic to sea life sun care product: Reef Safe SPF 30+. The Florida-made product by Tropical Seas® has...

Miss Florida Pageant Contestants Given Reef Safe Courtesy of St. Pete / Clearwater’s “AMP THE AWESOME”

St. Pete plays host to the pageant every year, which kicks off tomorrow through Saturday June 20th. St. Pete / Clearwater’s “AMP THE AWESOME” welcomed 47 Miss Florida, 47 Miss Outstanding Teen Florida contestants, and Miss America 2015, with a bottle of Reef Safe and a welcome card. This year marks the 80th year for Miss Florida, so next Friday there will be a special presentation with 48 returning Miss...

Reef Safe SunCare Has Found A 100% Bio-Based Plant Derived Resin

We have been researching plant-derived bio-resins for our packaging for the past several years, and in mid-2014, we finally located a source! After several test trials, we found a 100% bio based PE resin made from plant-based feedstock that is a renewable alternative to petrochemical based PE resins. Since it uses 90% less energy and emits 75% less greenhouse gases when processing, this 100% bio based HDPE packaging has a...

Where in the World is Reef Safe? Photo Contest

Rules and Regulations All entries will be submitted through our social media sites at facebook.com/ReefSafeSuncare or twitter.com/reefsafesuncare. All submissions must include an activity or a place where you would use Reef Safe Sun Care. Pictures can be of scenery, activities, selfies, etc. (see our examples for ideas). The picture may show a bottle of the product, but is not mandatory to enter. When posting you must include where the shot...

Chloë McCardel Swims for a Good Cause: Reef Safe SunCare is named sunscreen of choice for Chloë McCardel

Ormond Beach, FL (June 1, 2013) – With a common passion for preservation of the ocean environment, Chloë McCardel (ultra-marathon swimmer) has selected Reef Safe™ SunCare by Tropical Seas® of Ormond Beach, Florida, to protect both her skin and the ocean in her historic World Record attempt to swim from Cuba to Key West in June 2013. Reef Safe Suncare will be protecting Chloë and her support teams both on...

DEMA Member Spotlight: Tropical Seas, Inc./Reef Safe Suncare

About You and Tropical Seas, Inc. / Reef Safe Suncare... President/C.E.O, Dan Knorr, hard at work in the lab My name: Dan Knorr My job function in the company: President/C.E.O. Years in business: 25 years About Tropical Seas, Inc./Reef Safe Suncare: At Tropical Seas® we care about protecting your skin as well as protecting our environment. We take pride in our products and are passionate about what we believe in,...

Reef Safe Suncare by Tropical Seas - Even John likes it!

Review by: Chaela Sumner at ScubaGadget.com Sunscreen that feels good, smells good and is safe for the environment – I’m hooked already! As a conscientious scuba diver I often think of the impact I have on the undersea world. I want to be able to add to its preservation, not its destruction. Hence, I strive to maintain good diving practices like keeping my hands and fins away from coral reefs,...

Congratulations Art Winners!

Sailfish June Giveaway: Congratulations Cindy from Manahawkin, New Jersey! Sea Turtle July Giveaway: Congratulations Diane from Aurora, Colorado!   Reef August Giveaway: Congratulations Terese from Minnetonka, Minnesota! Orca September Giveaway: Will be announced in October       

Reef Safe SunCare Testimonial from Georgia Aquarium

 

Reef Safe Summer Artwork Giveaway

20x20 Fine Art Prints (a $150 value + the cost of shipping) June Giveaway: Reef Safe Sailfish July Giveaway: Reef Safe Sea Turtle August Giveaway: Reef Safe Reef Scene September Giveaway: Reef Safe Orca Every order placed will qualify entry into that months drawing. Place an order in June and you will automatically be entered for the June sailfish giveaway. Note:All orders placed and processed in May and early June...

Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreens Vinyl Compatibility Test Results

Purpose: To test Reef Safe SPF products on light and dark vinyl to observe if Reef Safe products would cause any ill effects on the vinyl such as bleeding, staining, or yellowing. Test Data: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012: the light and dark test vinyl was labeled prior to testing. Wednesday, March 28th, 2012: At 8:00 AM, the products were applied to both the light and dark vinyl, and placed outside...

Double duty: Charters supply sunscreen to protect people and the coral reef

Publisher: The Citizen Key West Published: Saturday, March 25th, 2012 Article by: Mandy Miles, Citizen Staff Photographs by: Mike Hentz, Citizen Staff Fury Water Adventures mate Kaley Green applies Reef Safe suntan lotion to co-worker Nicholas Moreno before going out on a charter boat trip. Coral reefs don't need sunscreen, yet the struggling marine organism that surrounds the Florida Keys gets a healthy dose of lotion and oil every time...

Reef Safe Teams Up With Mote Marine Laboratory to Help Corals

Florida’s coral reefs are getting a boost — Reef Safe™ SunCare pledged this week to support reef research, conservation and education through a new fundraising partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory. Reef Safe will donate merchandise and a portion of their proceeds to support the Protect Our Reefs program administered by Mote. They are also giving Floridians a special discount (see below for more details) on their products. Protect Our Reefs...

Aquatic Eco-Systems Picks Up New Line of Skincare Safe for Aquatic Life

Apopka, FL (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 Keeping the health of our environment and aquatic life in mind, AES has begun selling an environmentally safe solution to skincare. Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. is thrilled to announce that they have picked up a new line of skincare that is safe for use when interacting with aquatic animals and aquatic plant life. Reef Safe™ Suncare by Tropical Seas® is biodegradable in oceans, lakes and...

Product Review

Giant Stride Dives Review: Reef Safe - Dive Apparel Cleaner and Conditioner  by Chris Ayres  http://giantstridedives.com/content.php?139-Review-Reef-Safe-Dive-Apparel-Cleaner-and-Conditioner  

Reef Safe Biodegradeable Sunscreen Factory Tour

Go on a behind the scenes tour at Tropical Seas, makers of Reef Safe Biodegradable Sunscreen.  See where your products are tested, batched, filled and shipped directly to you!   

Florida Sport Fishing Magazine

ORMOND BEACH, FL (June 29, 2011): Reef Safe featured in Florida Sport Fishing magazines Made in Florida July / August 2011 Edition.        

Reef Safe On a Mission

ORMOND BEACH, FL (June 7, 2011): Reef Safe Suncare believes today’s children are the key to our oceans’ future health and well-being, and it is imperative that they be made aware and educated about our oceans, lakes and their inhabitants. As they become voters and lawmakers, we feel this knowledge will assist them when their turn comes to protect our water environment and make decisions concerning their existence and sustainability....

Reef Safe SunCare on Daytime TV

Sunsational Summer line-up  ORMOND BEACH, FL (June 1, 2011): Daytime TV Show includes Reef Safe in their Sunsational Summer line-up. Along with protecting your skin from the sun, you’re also protecting the oceans, lakes and rivers with Reef Safe’s biodegradable formula.    Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff sunscreens are available in resort locations across the U.S. Sunbelt, Hawaii and throughout the Caribbean islands, and online. About Reef Safe SunCare...

“BackCountry Expands to Expedition”:

Reef Safe™ Creates Natural Citronella Spray For Around-The-Clock Use ORMOND BEACH, FL (February 23, 2011): Winter is slowly coming to an end, the frost is chilling, the flowers will be blooming and the bugs will be buzzing day and night. ReefSafe’s BackCountry SPF 30+ Spray with natural Citronella is a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts needing to ward off pesky insects during the day, and now there is a solution for...

“Whale of a Time and For a Good Cause”

Biodegradeable Reef Safe SunCare Featured at 2011 Maui Whale Festival  ORMOND BEACH, FL (January 13, 2011): Back by popular demand, Reef Safe™ SunCare by Beach Buff® of Ormond Beach, Florida, travels afar to be a part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s “2011 Maui Whale Festival.” Drawing in nearly 16,000 people, the Festival celebrates the migration and presence of Humpback Whales to Maui while raising funds that will support marine education programs...

“Walking the Walk”

Biodegradeable Reef Safe SunCare available to staff and visitors at Maui Ocean Center ORMOND BEACH, FL (January 5, 2011): Miles apart and separated by vast sea and land, two like-minded organizations join efforts to preserve our environment and ocean waters. Reef Safe™ SunCare by Beach Buff® of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku, Hawaii, have created a partnership to educate visitors to the center about the importance...

Reef Safe Sponsors Hooked on Hope

ORMOND BEACH, FL (September 13, 2010): Reef Safe™ Suncare by Tropical Seas®, Inc., is pleased to announce they’re a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Hooked on Hope 2010 Inshore Fishing Tournament being held on Oct. 8 and 9 at Holiday Inn Sunpree in St. Pete, Fla. The tournament is a unique opportunity that benefits Dr. Charles E Cox and his Breast Health Team at USF in Tampa. 'Hooked On Hope'...