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What does "biodegradable" mean?
According to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Environmental Marketing Guide: "Claims that a product is biodegradable mean that the materials will break down and return to nature within a reasonably short period of time." The FTC states that all biodegradable claims must be validated by recognized testing methods.
Are Badger's sunscreens biodegradable?
Yes! All of Badger's Sunscreen Creams and SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotions have been tested and found to be biodegradable. The others we just haven't tested yet. See below for our testing results.
What does this mean for the environmental impact of Badger sunscreens?
It is important that our products leave no lasting impact on the environment. Fortunately the small amount of Badger sunscreen that washes off your body while swimming will biodegrade in a natural aquatic environment. It also means that the sunscreen that you wash off your body while showering will biodegrade in a septic system or in a municipal waste system. By biodegrading, the organic ingredients will be converted to basic elements and will be reusable by biological systems. We wanted to ensure that after our sunscreens left the tube, they would not linger in the environment. The active ingredient, Zinc Oxide, is a mineral which does not biodegrade, but rather acts like silt or clay particles and settles to become part of the sediment.
Are Badger's Sunscreen Creams allowed on cruise ships, coral reefs and swim-with-dolphin parks?
Our Biodegradable Sunscreen Claims & Testing
All Badger Sunscreen Creams and SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotions were tested by an independent laboratory and found to be biodegradable. This lab followed the OECD 301B test which involved mixing our sunscreens with water and bacteria in a flask and measuring the CO2 output as an indicator of biodegradability. Click here to see our complete sunscreen biodegradability testing results.
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