The Science – Prove It!

In 2018 at the INNOCOS conference in Florence Aethic launched a campaign called ‘Prove it!’ To urge greater transparency and the substantiation of eco-claims across the sunscreen sector.

Thousands of sunscreens containing ingredients which are harmful to coral have been banned by a global landmark bill presented by Senator Mike Gabbard in Hawaii and signed into law by Gov. David Ige.

Now the island nation of Palau and Key West, Florida have followed this lead.

Yet, whereas there is scientific proof for the damage done by products containing ingredients such as oxybenzone, there is seldom the equivalent scientific proof to support the claims of many so called ’reef safe’ products in their final form.

’Biodegradable’, another term often used, is also irrelevant in the marine context. Ingredients might degrade, dilute, break down or sink in sea water yet they may still do damage. Just one particle of a harmful ingredient can set off a viral epidemic in coral.

Some studies claim that even titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are often touted as ‘organic’, ‘mineral’ or ‘natural’ ingredients may, in certain forms with/without certain coatings, also be damaging to coral.

Coral covers just 0.1% of the ocean bed yet sustains 25-30% of marine life.

Furthermore, damage to coral is not the only potential threat sunscreen poses to marine life.

According to this study titanium dioxide and zinc oxide react with sunlight to create hydrogen peroxide. This substance in turn can kill phytoplankton, also known as micro algae, which alongside coral is another supporting pillar of marine life.

The crucial test is compatibility. Ingredients must first provide skin with photo-stable UVA/UVB protection and should be compatible with people as well as marine life.

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The ingredients in our patented formula.

Aqua, Cera Alba, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoylhexyl Benzoate, Methylenebis-benzotriazolyltetramethylbutylphenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Hybrida Abrialis Oil, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Edta.

“There is growing consumer concern that words like biodegradable, reef safe, eco-friendly, natural, mineral or organic could just be bluewash. With Prove It! we urge all sunscreens producers making or implying eco-claims to substantiate them for their final finished formula. Consumers today deserve scientific proof; true, relevant, eco-compatibility test results published and peer-reviewed by reputable marine scientists”

Aethic Founder & CEO Allard Marx

About Aethic

Aethic owns world’s only patented ecocompatible formula as used in its Aethic Sôvée triple-filter and photo-stable sunscreen range. This formula proved harmless to coral, mussels and sea urchins after testing by Prof Roberto Danovaro, a leading marine scientist who first demonstrated the damage done to coral by sunscreens in 2008.

The company was founded by Allard Marx in response to reading an article citing Danovaro’s 2008 study in National Geographic and The Times. Aethic recently also secured an exclusive worldwide licence from King’s College London for a sole ingredient occurring naturally in seaweed which protects from UVA and UVB rays, is photo-stable and also acts as an anti-oxidant.

Aethic Sôvée was selected by LandRover BAR and Artemis Racing as their official sunscreen during the America’s Cup and Vestas 11th Hour Racing also selected it for the Volvo Ocean Race taking place now. Champion Surfers and Kiteboarders around the world use it every day.

Aethic has a full range of other skincare products and has had success in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Planet Organic, Helly Hansen, Whole Foods, North Sails and several luxury resort hotels including, COMO, Six Senses and Carpe Diem around the world and you can buy all its products here on this site.