SunButter Sunscreen: Protecting people and our oceans
Introducing a new generation of suncare going full circle – returning to the powerful UV blocking and skin nurturing powers of zinc oxide, in a bid to save our skin and the planet.
Introducing a new generation of suncare going full circle – returning to the powerful UV blocking and skin nurturing powers of zinc oxide, in a bid to save our skin and the planet. Sunscreen has been a superhero for our skin since the mid-20th century, gaining popularity as an important barrier against harsh UV rays that burn and penetrate deep into our skin causing signs of ageing. Not to mention its importance for preventing skin cancer. Today, it’s an essential part of our outdoor kit, any time of the year. What we didn’t understand on the journey to develop invisible sunscreens that penetrate our skin – absorbing UV rays rather than reflecting them – is that we were creating a new form of chemical micro-pollution, undetected until recently.
SunButter sunscreen has been developed in a bid to reduce this chemical sunscreen pollution by founders Sacha and Tom, a marine biologist couple. Having travelled the world as naturalists on expedition ships, they’ve witnessed the recession of pristine reefs across the equator. “We now know that chemical sunscreens are a stressor on coral reefs, which are already facing severe threats,” says Sacha. “For example, the UV blocker oxybenzone can be toxic to marine life in a concentration of one drop per 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools of seawater. You can imagine that’s not great for our bodies either.”
SunButter sunscreen is formulated with non-nano particle zinc oxide – the safest known UV blocker for our skin and the sea, enriched with natural oils and waxes. An Australian owned business, SunButter’s vegan and cruelty-free products are made and packaged plastic-free right here in Australia in a solar powered factory. “We are a fore-purpose-business ,” says Tom, “Ten percent of our profit goes back to the planet, because we believe in protecting the communities and environments that care for us.