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Biodegradable Sunscreen and Badger

In Brief

Biodegradable sunscreens can be less harmful to the environment and are required by some aquatic nature parks.

Biodegradability claims are loosely regulated so some sunscreens make this claim without testing.

Independent lab testing shows Badger sunscreen creams and sticks are considered biodegradable.

Badger sunscreen creams and sunscreen sticks have been independently lab-tested and are biodegradable.

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?
Badger sunscreen creams and sunscreen sticks have been independently lab-tested and found to be biodegradable.

What does this mean for the environmental impact of Badger sunscreens?
It is important that our products leave no lasting impact on the environment. By biodegrading, organic ingredients are converted to basic elements and reusable by biological systems. We wanted to ensure that once our sunscreens left the tube they would not linger in the environment. While the active ingredient zinc oxide is a mineral that does not biodegrade, it behaves like silt or clay particles by settling to become part of the sediment.

Do cruise ships, coral reefs, and swim-with-dolphin parks allow the use of Badger sunscreens?
Yes! Badger sunscreen creams are exactly the kind of biodegradable sunscreen that eco-sensitive groups insist you use. Rather than just being biodegradable, however, organizations trying to protect coral reefs will only allow sunscreens that do not contain certain sunscreen ingredients shown to harm coral. Badger's sunscreens contain none of these ingredients. Read more about Coral Reef Safe sunscreen.