Common hazardous ingredients:
oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide
- Studies have shown that chemicals present in sunscreen can disrupt hormonal systems.
- Skin irritation
- Expectant mothers may unknowingly expose unborn children to toxic substances found in sunscreen
- Follow label directions.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
Keep container tightly closed when not in use and store in a secure area away from children.
- Best: Use up or give away. Rinse container and dispose of in the garbage.
- Second best: Take to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
- Third best: If you are connected to a city sewer system, flush small amounts down the drain (toilet is best) with lots of water. Do not use this method if you are on a septic system.
- Check out Environmental Working Group’s page on sunscreens (download their 2016 report)
- Wear more clothing. If it is hot out, wear light colors, which reflect as opposed to absorb the sun’s rays.
- Wear a hat with a brim
- Stay in the shade.