Sunscreens, The Environment
And The Suntribe Solution
When we are out in nature enjoying the sun the last thing we want is that the products we use to protect ourselves destroy the very environment we have come to enjoy. Unfortunately most conventional sunscreens do just that.
The chemicals found in conventional sunscreens affect both us humans and the ecosystem in negative ways. In humans, effects range from skin irritations and allergies to hormonal distrubances and even skin cancer.
When it comes to the environment, most of the damage is done to the oceans. The biggest impact is on marine life such as corals, algae, fish and sea mammals like turtles. One of the main culprits is a chemical compound called Oxybenzone, which unfortunately is the most common chemical UV filter in sunscreen products today. Oxybenzone is highly toxic to any living organisms that can be found in nature, so much so that it has already been completely banned by the governments of Hawaii and Palau.
Turtle at Ko Lipe in Thailani
These alarming facts have led us to believe that we have to do better. And we can.
The Suntribe Solution
At Suntribe we believe it is a no-brainer that products should have a a minimal negative impact on both the environment and the humans that use them. Therefore, we only use ingredients scientifically proven to be safe, and strive to minimize the ecological footprint of our products.
We believe that transparency creates trust, and we want to make it easy for you to see the steps we take to create our products. Here we would like to walk you through our production chain so that you can feel as confident as us about the quality and environmental friendliness of our natural cosmetics.
Production & Ingredients
All our sunscreen and cosmetics are handmade with the utmost care to quality and detail. We take pride in only using the highest quality, certified organic ingredients. Our products are made in small batches. We combine the age old arts of creating wax based formulation with modern innovations like homogenizers. This way we can create natural formulas based on traditional knowledge with modern production methods, efficient and effective with scientific precision.
Let’s have a look at the Suntribe product development process at our European based production facilities:
Labels & Printed Materials
We use labels printed on 100% recycled paper and use ink of the highest ecological grade.
After long research (and trying out many suppliers) we have now found a supplier that is both close to our manufacturing site and offers closed-loop label production.
Our long-term goal is to work on every aspect of our business, as we have done with our labels, to reduce the environmental impact at every step to a minimum.
The product display stands you see when you buy a Suntribe product in any of the more than 100 shops we have partnered with around the world are handcrafted using sustainably sourced Swedish oak.
The local craftsman Christian that you see below produces our sales displays in the deep forests of Skåne, Sweden.