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After Pushing Bogus Coral Sunscreen Bills, Hawaii Surfrider Collects Payoff from Manufacturer
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 1649 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

All Good Becomes Sunscreen Partner Of Surfrider Foundation’s Five Hawaii Chapters

News Release Jun 19, 2017

All Good, a manufacturer of organic skincare and reef-friendly sunscreens, partnered with all five of the Surfrider Foundation’s Hawai’i Chapters.

They will launch the partnership on International Surfing Day, Saturday, June 17, at the Oahu Chapter’s annual Beach Cleanup at Diamondhead Lookout in Honolulu. In addition to sponsorship, each chapter — Surfrider Kauai, Surfrider O’ahu, Surfrider Maui, Surfrider Kona Kai Ea and Surfrider Hilo — will receive a yearly supply of reef friendly All Good sunscreens for volunteers who help with cleanup efforts.

“We are excited to work with All Good, a company dedicated to raising awareness and increasing support for the protection and restoration of fragile reef ecosystems,” said Stuart Coleman, Hawai’i regional manager of the Surfrider Foundation. “All Good’s company integrity aligns with Surfrider’s commitment to preserve the natural diversity and ecological integrity of the coastal environment.”

“Every year thousands of tons of chemical sunscreens contribute to the death of coal reefs and threaten sea life,” said All Good’s VP of Sales and Marketing Ryan Rich.

(According to Nature and Scientific American, that’s a bunch of hype.)

“All Good’s partnership with Surfrider Hawai’i reinforces our commitment to serve the people and coral reef populations in Hawai’i. We are stoked to work with these five Surfrider Chapters to educate consumers about reef friendly sunscreens and why they should avoid toxic chemicals found in personal care products.”

Join All Good and Surfrider’s Oahu Chapter at the 13th annual International Surfing Day Beach Cleanup:

In addition, each Surfrider Hawai’i Chapter has committed to taking All Good’s #ReefFriendly Sunscreen Pledge, vowing to protect coral reef ecosystems by using only natural, reef-friendly sun protection formulas.

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HPR: Legislators Continue Push to Ban Sunscreen Products Containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate

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SB1150 Chemophobia is Profitable: Selling ‘Bogus ‘Reef Safe’ Sunscreens

MN: According to the nonprofit EWG environmental research group, oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.

(According to Nature and Scientific American, that’s a bunch of hype.)

Instead of chemical-based sunscreens, the research group recommends using sunscreen products containing minerals zinc and titanium oxide that are considered “reef safe.”  (Wake up and smell the money.)

Kihei residents Eric and Rebecca Nelson showed up to learn more Saturday, in part because of concerns about using sunscreen on a toddler they are raising.

“With children, you have to be extra cautious,” Eric Nelson said. “It takes a much smaller level of any chemical to have a substantial effect.”

Rebecca Nelson said that she plans to start using sunscreen more often herself. “But I don’t want to use the wrong kind.”

She ended up trading a spray bottle of sunscreen containing a coral-killing ingredient for a tube of Raw Elements sunscreen.  (Ca-chiiing!)

Wood said that the company and others donated “reef safe” sunscreen for the event. She said most of the “reef safe” sunscreens are available at health food stores.

Target sells a Bare Republic product that is “reef safe,” Wood said.  (Ca-chiiing!) But some popular tourist stores “don’t sell a single nonchemical sunscreen.”

On Saturday morning, one beachgoer handed Baldwin a container of sunscreen, asking, “Is this harmful?”

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t put it on,” Baldwin said after reading the ingredients. “It sounds like it’s science fiction.”

He took the man’s container and gave him packets of Raw Elements sunscreen. (Ca-chiiing!)

After examining the ingredients in a product touted as “the No. 1 dermatologist recommended sunscreen,” Wood found coral-killing chemicals.

“It’s not always as straightforward as it looks,” she said.

She said sunscreen made with zinc and titanium oxide may be more difficult to blend into the skin. “That’s pretty much the only downside,” she said. “I think that’s a small price to pay.”

After about four hours, students had collected a full basket of sunscreen traded in by beachgoers.

Some of the club’s approximately 50 members have submitted testimony supporting state Senate Bill 1150, which would ban the use of sunscreen, sunblock and cosmetics containing oxybenzone or other chemicals harmful to reefs in a marine life conservation district.

read … All About the Green 'Bare Republic' and 'Raw Elements' cash in

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