As a popular destination for divers, Curaçao is known for its stunning coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and diverse marine life. However, with the growing concern over the impact of non-biodegradable products on the environment, it’s becoming increasingly important to be mindful of the body care products we use while enjoying our vacation. That’s where Stream2Sea comes in! Now dive into this essential eco-friendly packing tip to learn why.
Stream2Sea is a brand of biodegradable body care products that are specifically designed for use in the ocean. Their products are formulated to be gentle on both the skin and the environment, and they are made with ingredients that are safe for aquatic life.
One of the key benefits of using Stream2Sea products is that they are biodegradable, meaning they will break down naturally in the environment without leaving harmful residues behind. This is especially important when it comes to products like sunscreen, which can have a significant impact on coral reefs.
Eco-friendly Dive Travel
According to a study by the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, certain chemicals commonly found in sunscreen can cause coral bleaching, which can be deadly to coral reefs. This is because these chemicals can disrupt the algae that live within the coral, which provide the coral with its vibrant colors and nutrients.
Stream2Sea products, on the other hand, are formulated without these harmful chemicals. Instead, they use ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide sun protection without harming the environment.
In fact, Stream2Sea has the FIRST and ONLY mineral sunscreen in the world that is tested and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and coral larvae.
Common chemical-based sunscreens may not be the primary reason that coral reefs around the world are under pressure, but switching to mineral sunscreens is a simple step that every traveler can do to make a difference. At Dive Curacao, we use and recommend Stream2Sea for three main reasons:
- They are the only company in the world that has done extensive – and expensive – testing to prove that their mineral sunscreen is safe for fish and vulnerable coral larva. Many other companies, including major international brands, flout “reef-safe” and “reef-friendly” on the front of their labels, but still contain petrochemicals that are proven to harm coral reefs.
- And it’s not just sunscreen. Even something as innocuous as shampoo or a mask defog can be toxic in an aquatic ecosystem. Most “big box” brands include sodium laurel sulfates or other harsh ingredients that kill fish, even in very low concentrations. That’s doubly important for most mask defoggers when they’re used on a boat floating over our reefs.
- Their eco conscious packaging minimizes plastic waste, supporting the circular economy. Their tubes and bottles are made from sugarcane resins and marine recycled plastic materials. (They’ve tried more biodegradable packaging, but they haven’t found anything yet that doesn’t biodegrade in your dive bag…) But Stream2Sea doesn’t just make sunscreen. They also offer a range of other body care products, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. All these products are biodegradable and made with ingredients that are safe for aquatic life.
Using Stream2Sea products on your Curaçao diving vacation is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your skin. All their products are formulated with natural ingredients like green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile, which can help soothe and nourish the skin after a long day in the sun and saltwater.
Eco-Conscious Diving in Curaçao
So, if you’re planning a Curaçao diving vacation, be sure Stream2Sea products are included in your luggage packing checklist. Not only will you be doing your part to protect the environment, but you’ll also be taking care of your skin.
But why stop there? In addition to packing and using biodegradable body care products, there are plenty of other ways you can be eco-friendly and minimize your impact on the environment during your Curaçao diving vacation. Here are a few tips:
Choose a Responsible Dive Shop in Curaçao
The dive tourism partners of Dive Curaçao are diving operators that are committed to responsible and sustainable diving practices. This may include things like eco-friendly or sustainable business practices and minimizing underwater impact. Additionally, these operators support local conservation efforts including Green Fins, PADI AWARE and Reef Renewal Curaçao.
Don’t Touch or Disturb Marine Life
As tempting as it may be to touch or pick up a sea creature, it’s important to remember that these animals are living beings that deserve our respect. Touching or disturbing them can not only harm them, but it can also disrupt the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it as needed instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. Avoid using single-use plastic items like straws and bags and opt for reusable options instead.
By taking these eco-friendly steps, you can help ensure that Curaçao’s beautiful reefs and marine life remain healthy and vibrant for generations to come.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your Curaçao diving vacation today and start packing your biodegradable body care products! Click here and receive 10% off your Stream2Sea purchase plus an additional 1% will be directly contributed to coral restoration efforts here in Curaçao!
With the right mindset and a little bit of effort, you can enjoy all that our beautiful island has to offer while protecting your body and our environment.
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Photo’s courtesy of Frank Do.