5 of the best marine-safe suncreams

EQ Sun Care

While plastic pollution may be the biggest threat currently facing the oceans, there are many other issues causing harm to marine life around the world - including the toxic chemicals contained in many sunscreens. Luckily, thanks to a host of new sun creams formulated to minimise impact on the environment, this is an issue that can be solved by making one small change. Click through for our edit of the marine-safe sunscreens providing guilt-free protection...

EQ Sun Care

Tested and approved by surfers the world over, EQ's organic sunscreen uses only natural ingredients to create quality sun protection that won't harm the environment. The sun cream replaces corrosive chemicals with apricot seed oil, safflower oil, olive oil and beeswax and is available in SPF 15, 30 and 50 as a cream, stick or lipstick. A body care range comprising after sun, self-tanning lotion and dry oils made using ocean-friendly ingredients is also available.

Organic sunscreen, £18.50 for 100ml, EQ at Eco Beauty Shop

Aethic Sôvée

Created by scientist Allard Max and sustainability expert Susannah Stewart, founders of marine conservation charity Going Blue, Aethic Sôvée is the world’s first Marine Positive certified sun cream. Containing three photo-stable sun filters, three organic moisturisers and antioxidant vitamin E, the sun cream is packaged in a biodegradable bottle to make it 100 per cent coral safe. Whether your surfing or scuba diving, this is the perfect answer to guilt free, skin-safe sunbathing wherever you take your superyacht.

Available in SPF 15, 25 and 40 from £40 for 150ml, visit aethic.com

Green People

Priding itself on providing “the purest sunscreen nature can offer”, Green People’s sun lotion is free from parabens, alcohol, phthalates, petrochemicals and a host of other artificial ingredients that create water pollution. Instead it contains organic olive, avocado, green tea, rosemary extract and is free from essential oils resulting in water resistant sun lotion perfect for sensitive skin that promises broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Plus 30p from the sale of every bottle is donated to the Marine Conservation Society.

Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30, £22 for 200ml, Green People


Both Fairtrade and organic certified, Odylique's natural sunscreen has been formulated for highly sensitive skin making it ideal for babies and children as well as adults. Containing zinc oxide, karanja seed and raw shea butter plus chamomile, rosemary and sea buckthorn extract, Odylique's sun cream provides UVA and UVB protection to SPF30 and is also suitable for vegans.

Natural sunscreen SPF30, £25 for 100ml, Odylique at Feel Unique

The Organic Pharmacy

Founded by Margo Marrone in 2002 to do exactly what it says on the tin – provide organic, natural products for a range of health and beauty needs – The Organic Pharmacy is one of the industry’s most trusted names when it comes to environmentally friendly lotions. Its Cellular Protection suncream replaces synthetic chemicals with zinc clear, pearl extract, pongamia and shea butter to create a cream that is reliable, nourishing, luxurious and completely marine-safe.

Cellular Protection Suncream is available in SPF 50, 30, 25 and 18, £39.95 for 100ml, The Organic Pharmacy

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