It's as easy as 1-2-3 to make a difference!
Step 1 of 3
Learn about the risks that oxybenzone poses to you, your health, your children, and your environment
Oxybenzone resulting toxicities in humans include:
- In Mothers
- Increased breast cancer proliferation
- Decreased gestational weight
- Altered secondary sex ratios- more males than females born
- Increased sex hormone-binding globulin
- Decreased free thyroid T3 and T4 hormone levels
- In Our Babies
- Decreased birth weight in girls
- Increased birth weight in boys
- Lower abdominal circumference, femur length, and weight
- Hirschsprung disease
- Delayed breast development in girls
- Decrease in fat mass during neonatal exposure
- Decreased BMI in 5-6 month old infants
- Altered pubertal development and timing
- Lower testosterone levels in adolescent boys
Oxybenzone resulting toxicities in the ocean include:
- Skewed sex ratios in marine organisms found in coral reefs
- Coral reef zombies (corals that appear healthy but have degraded reproductive effort, gamete viability, fertilization)
- Threat to marine algae (which feeds sea turtles and other ocean life)
- Gender changes in fish, causing male fish to become feminized
- Behavioral changes in fish, reducing their reproductive drive and making them more susceptible to predation
- Deformities in developing embryonic fish
Have you considered:
- It takes only 72 parts per trillion of oxybenzone to harm coral? That's just one drop in 6 1/2 olympic sized pools!
- How much oxybenzone gets sprayed on our bodies when we use chemical sunscreen? More than that.
- Your skin absorbs oxybenzone. How fast you might wonder? Just think, oxybenzone is excreted in the urine within 30 minutes of spraying it on yourself (or your kids).
- So.. Even if you don't go into the water after spraying sunblock, the oxybenzone winds up in the ocean anyway through the sewage system (that's after it runs through your body!).
Step 2 of 3
Make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts
Contact officials in your local and state government and ask them to please ban oxybenzone from your community or anywhere that you care about (and you can throw in a few other nasty chemicals too, like octinoxate, if you like). For example, the City of Key West is voting on a ban in early 2019. The Key West City Commission voted 7-0 on January 15th to move forward a measure to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two ingredients that harm coral reefs— oxybenzone and octinoxate. The measure won't become law, though, unless another vote passes on February 5th. Here is the contact information for the Key West commissioners-- let them hear from you (because you can bet that they're hearing from the lobbyists for the chemical companies who want to keep selling their chemicals!):
- Commissioner Weekley - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commissioner Hoover - email@example.com
- Commissioner Kaufman - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commissioner Wardlow - email@example.com
- Commissioner Davila - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commissioner Lopez - email@example.com
- Mayor Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Send them an email supporting a VOTE of YES to BAN OXYBENZONE. A one-liner is all you need. Or, if you want to make a bigger impact, take a selfie (here are some free downloads for signs you could hold) so they can see there are real faces behind the concern-- not just lobbyist tactics!
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