World Oceans Day|Protecting marine ecology for a better future

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The United Nations set June 8 as “World Oceans Day” to arouse people’s attention to ocean issues and develop a worldwide movement for protection. What goals has the international community set? How can we contribute to the security of the daily skincare routine?

Marine ecosystem: the precious resource for human survival and development

The ocean is life’s origin, covering 70% of the earth. It plays a vital role in climate regulation, biological reproduction, sea transportation, food supply, etc. It is a precious resource for human survival and development. However, the marine environment has been severely damaged due to overfishing, overexploitation, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, etc. A series of maritime ecological crises are appearing, such as coral bleaching, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, etc.

SDGs 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Confronted with the deterioration phenomenon, the United Nations has proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 14th is especially for marine protection: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

There are several sub-targets from it: preventing and reducing marine pollution; managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems; mitigating and improving the effects of ocean acidification; standardizing fishing activities effectively; protecting at least 10 percent of coastal areas and marine areas; establishing regulations responding to international laws and utilizing marine resources sustainably.

Protect the ocean, start with daily skincare routine

In response to the goals above, as a consumer, we can also contribute to the conservation of the ocean through our daily skincare routine, such as:

1.Use ocean-friendly sunscreens:

When playing by the seaside, people tend to apply thick sunscreen. However, the substances on the skin dissolved in the water are harmful to the health of marine life and even cause coral bleaching, making the marine ecology unbalanced. Thus, it’s recommended that we can choose ocean-friendly products free of harmful ingredients to reduce the risk of pollution to the marine environment.

Ingredients Prohibited in Ocean-friendly Products

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Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3)
Octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate)
4-methyl-benzylidene camphor
Ethyl paraben
Benzyl paraben
Butyl paraben
Methyl paraben

Source: UNICARE (2022.06)

2. Choose products of environmentally friendly packaging:

The bottles and jars in the bathroom may also cause contamination. Therefore, it’s suggested that we buy products with environmentally friendly packaging materials, such as 100% PET, 100% PCR, and other single materials that are easier to recycle. And biodegradable materials made from corn and cane can be degraded entirely to minimize environmental pollution.

As the leading manufacturer in the biotechnology industry, Unicare always focuses on the issue of the earth’s sustainable development. To reduce marine pollution produced by humans, we are developing ocean-friendly ingredients and formulas to provide people with more sustainable choices! Welcome to contact us for more details.