Sunscreen Guide

July 2010

Woman with surfboard at sunsetSeasonally appropriate – just in time for the beach and pool season and all those outdoor activities. Swimming, hiking, and all sorts of outdoor sports and exercising routines are great ways to minimize your carbon output, minimize the consumption of carbon intensive products, and help reduce your carbon footprint by keeping it simple.

The Green Blizzard “Green App of the Month” for July 2010 is the Sunscreen Buyers Guide by EWG   Its free, check it out.

Evidentially, the world of sunscreen labeling and claims is still lacking a standard.  The U.S. FDA has not yet issued some sort of format on which to measure sun protection claims – apparently its still the wild, wild West.

Some experts say that any product claiming a SPF 50, are unfounded and they go on to say that certain chemicals in many of these products may be harmful to your body after being absorbed through your skin.

This guide assesses and ranks the effectiveness and safety of sunscreens on the market and is a helpful guide to have with you, the next time you’re shopping for sun protection.

Green Blizzard selected this app because smarter choices led to less waste and unused, unnecessary consumption.  After all, staying healthy over the long term maximizes carbon-free activity and minimizes medical care and its associated carbon footprint impact.   Stay cool, stay un-burned this summer.

Check out the other monthly Green Apps Green Peace Tissue GuideThe Dirty Dozen, and Fuel Finder


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.