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The Top 7 Reef Safe Suncreens To Look Into

August 6, 2019

1. Goddess Garden

Goddess Garden is on a mission to create products that are good for people and the planet. Their sunscreens are reef safe and gentle on sensitive skin while offering powerful protection from pure minerals. They also have new mineral sunscreen lotions that are ultra-sheer, dry-touch and lightweight, so they rub in clear on any skin tone!

2. Badger Balm

Badger Balm is a small, family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire. They blend the finest organic plant extracts, exotic oils, beeswax, and minerals to make the safest, most effective products possible to soothe, heal, protect and otherwise treat your body. The only active ingredient in each of their sunscreens is the mineral zinc oxide, and they don't use nano sized zinc. This has been used in skin care for thousands of years and is the same ingredient used in diaper creams, calamine lotion, and toothpastes.

3. Tropic Sport

The way they see it, the more you are living your extremes in the sun or water, the more you need a quality, long lasting sunscreen that’s not only skin friendly but also ocean and reef friendly. Created to work in the harsh sun of the tropics, it’s made from the most effective natural ingredients on earth. It’s strong enough to handle any extreme but gentle enough to use every day. With no oxybenzone nor octinoxate, you can do what you love knowing that you’re not harming the reefs and marine life you love.

4. Alba Botanica

Have a vibrant line of body-loving products that nourish the skin, hair, and of course, the soul. Their product family constantly evolves alongside health, beauty, and ingredient knowledge and trends, with many exciting new products introduced each year. They’re dedicated to making high quality, 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients.

5. Raw Elements

Raw Elements products were developed by an ocean lifeguard with a purpose! They're non-gmo project approved, Natural Products Association Certified, and have ultimate water and sweat performance. It can literally be applied underwater!

  • 23% non-nano zinc oxide is only active ingredient
  • Never runsor stings eyes
  • Safe for all ages
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No fragrances, preservatives, or chemicals
  • Never tested on animals (only themselves and their friends)

As far as they're concerned.. If it isn't produced by Mother Earth, it isn't in their sunscreen!

6. Solara

The way they see it there's no need to ‘woo’ you with long lists of ingredients they don’t use (or that wouldn’t ever be used to make sunscreen anyway). They’d rather focus on sharing full disclosure on what they DO use because to them, that matters most in making decisions that are right for YOU. The proprietary formula breaks suncare boundaries, blending mineral sun protection with high-performing skincare science … all with 100% transparency on their labels (and your skin!)

7. Mama Kuleana

In the Hawaiian language, KULEANA is defined as accepting responsibility with diligence and intent! Their sunscreen is safe for both reef and humans alike and only uses biodegradable containers that disintegrate in landfill after two months. Many products state they are "reef safe" but still contain oxybenzone. That's why Mama Kuleana prides themselves on having a sunscreen that smells great, feels great, and is in alignment with your health goals.

As they say "Not for our fish, not for our coral and not for us!" Together you can take responsibility for a clean ocean and a healthy body.

Meet The Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator -- Pollution..

November 7, 2018

When we think about the ocean’s most dangerous predators, we’re usually surprised to learn that it’s pollution: the ocean’s ecosystem is at the mercy of plastic bags, bottles, and cigarette butts. Compelling images of trash-strewn coastlines and animals stuck in six-pack rings encourage us to clean up our act, but there are other predators lurking in the water.

While it’s a good start, cleaning up the ocean is going to take more than picking up trash. Did you know that cruise ship waste, shipping emissions, and noise pollution are just as dangerous to our oceans and its inhabitants?

Make an impact and get your local representatives on board; they’re closer to these predators than they realize. To start, explain that lax laws allow cruise ships to dump untreated sewage and wastewater three miles from shore. Not sure how to explain noise pollution? In the northern Gulf, noise from seismic airgun testing alone is about 120 decibels — that’s the threshold of pain for humans.

Every landmark piece of ocean-protecting legislation starts with a small group of supporters. Start by getting your local representatives passionate about keeping our oceans clean, and have them Rock the Ocean!

WE CAN’T ROCK THE OCEAN IF IT’S EMPTY

November 22, 2018

As the old saying goes, “there are plenty of fish in the sea.” Turns out, there even fewer fish than we thought, and their numbers are rapidly declining. We all know that overfishing is a huge issue, but few of us realize the true scale of devastation. Even fewer know how reversible it is.

OCEAN2012 released a disturbing video about our ocean’s future if overfishing persists, given the fact that edible fish populations have dropped by 90% over the last 60 years. By 2060, we’ll have seen the collapse of major fish species: 5 out of the 8 species of tuna will be extinct, and several eel and shark families will be history.

How could humans wipe so many species out of the ocean? All climate change and acidification aside, the main perpetrators are hooks and trawling vessels. Each year, fishers drop 1.4 billion hooks in the ocean — that’s 1.4 billion pieces of bait needed.

Trawling nets, on the other hand, effectively bulldoze the ocean floor. Large enough to hold 4 football fields, vessels drag these giant nets until they’ve hit capacity at 500 tons of fish. Needless to say, most of the catch is unwanted fish. What does this equate to? For every 2 pounds of shrimp caught, 20 pounds of dead or injured bycatch is thrown back into the ocean.

Fish farms and aquaculture aren’t doing much to help this issue. To create 2 pounds of “farm raised” fish, 11 pounds of wild-caught fish are needed for fish feed. Rather than raising more fish, aquaculture is essentially converting low-value small fish into high-value big fish.

Legislation is also slow to respond: fishing limits are far greater than the what scientists recommend, and this overfishing is largely funded by public subsidies. It’s time we hold our politicians accountable for the inflated fishing limits and educate ourselves on the fish that don’t belong in the kitchen. Besides, our grandchildren won’t be able to Rock The Ocean if it’s empty.

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO REDUCE OCEAN POLLUTION

March 19, 2019

Marine pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our world today. And one of our CORE ISSUES here at The Rock the Ocean Foundation where “We’re not trying to save the whole world… just ¾ of it.” Garbage islands and oil spills can seem overwhelming and out of the average person’s reach to actually make a difference. But many little steps CAN make a BIG difference!

You don’t have to live near the beach to make an impact on the devastation facing our oceans. Did you know that 80% of the plastic and other “garbage” in our oceans come from land based sources. That’s HUGE! No matter where you live you can make a difference!

1. Get your friends and community involved

Contact your local Representatives, let them know that you value and support marine conservation. Educate your friends and co-workers on the devastation happening to our oceans. Simple things like picking up trash, even on your own street, can help prevent that plastic bag from ending up in the ocean and in turn be ingested by a sea turtle(they think they’re Jellyfish!). If you live by the ocean, organize a beach clean-up! If you don’t live by the beach, you probably live close to a river, river water that eventually runs into the ocean. Organize a river bank clean-up!

2. Make smart seafood choices

Check out Sustainable Seafood Search to learn what are the best choices for your seafood dinner. Not everything at the grocery store is caught through sustainable fishing practices. Let’s make sure we can enjoy delicious seafood meals for generations to come! Find out which local markets and restaurants support sustainable fishing and go and support them!

3. Be an ocean-friendly pet owner

How can our furry kids make a difference? Start by checking the ingredients of their food. Make sure the seafood used is from sustainable fisheries. Some kitty litters can contain pathogens that are harmful to marine life, so make sure it’s not going to get in any waterways when disposing.

If you have a saltwater aquarium, always try to avoid purchasing any wild caught sea life. The owner of the fish store should know this and if he doesn’t, find one who does. And NEVER release your fish into your local marine ecosystem. A non-native species can destroy an entire ecosystem.

4. Join Rock The Ocean’s Mission

ROCK our message and ROCK THE OCEAN! 50% of the proceeds from Rock The Ocean’s apparel and merchandise sales go right back into ocean conservation programs! Check out our cool T-shirts, hats, hoodies, beach towels and MORE! Be stylish and convey the message of ocean conservation! You can also make a DONATION! Even $10 can make a HUGE difference!

Got a tight budget? We get it! How about reaching out to ALL your facebook friends and asking them to “like” the Rock The Ocean facebook page! Or if you have Twitter, tweet your favorite celebs that you follow and ask them to ROCK THE OCEAN! Tell them, you’re not trying to save the whole world… just ¾ of it!

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