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11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet

By: Julie Knapp on July 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m.

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Traditional sunscreens are petroleum-based and don’t biodegrade. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, about 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter the reefs through tourists, and it can lead to rapid coral bleaching. Many formulas also contain oxybenzane (linked to hormone disruption, cellular damage and allergies) and nanoparticles, which can have adverse health effects, linger in the environment and damage beneficial microbes. Choose organic SPF instead.