Respecting the oceans

Summary of the issue

Respecting the oceans

Every year, we dump about 25,000 tonnes of sun cream into the oceans, or 1 litre per second*. About 10% of the world's corals are thought to be directly affected by UV filters**. How can we protect skin from the sun's rays without threatening the marine ecosystem? Eau Thermale Avène Laboratories is trying to find a solution to the problem through its Skin Protect / Ocean Respect environmentally responsible charter. 

* Green Cross
**study by the Faculty of Science of the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy

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Awareness of the impact of sun filters

All over the world, marine habitats are threatened by industrial pollution and pollution from land-based sources, which make up a large part of marine pollution (agricultural pollution, fertiliser waste, pesticides, untreated waste and plastic, etc.). The cosmetics industry is also gradually becoming aware of the impact of sun filters on the marine ecosystem and is looking for ways to address this.


Eau Thermale Avène develops its sun care products with a view to minimising their impact on the environment  For Eau Thermale Avène, this involves both strong commitments and concrete decisions. Thus, the Eau Thermale Avène laboratories have tested the filters of its sun care products on 3 key species of marine biodiversity*.

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Skin Protect, Ocean Respect: An environmentally responsible approach by Eau Thermale Avène

Eau Thermale Avène's 10 sun protection commitments

Minimum sun cream filters without silicones for optimal biodegradability*.
*OECD Test 0301B

No impact on a coral species, a phytoplankton species, a zooplankton species. Supporting scientific studies on these key models of marine biodiversity.

Cannot be assimilated by living marine organisms.

No risk of losing a plastic cap in the wild.

Respect, safety and soothing for sensitive skin.

All of our products are systematically tested under dermatological control to ensure efficacy and skin tolerance.

Very broad photostable UVA-UVB protection, powerful antioxidant power.

Quantified in vivo assessment of the protective effect of DNA.

With Pur Projet, Eau Thermale Avène is participating in the restoration of coral reefs and mangrove forests as well as recycling plastic waste.

Raising awareness about the harmful effects of sun exposure and education on photoprotection.


Eau-thermale-avene - Sun Care - Sensitive Skin - Spray SPF 50+

"I use this every summer and my sensitive skin is happy. The spray is practical and the texture and smell are pleasant. A sun cream that respects the skin and the environment - recommended!”

Justine 29 years

*Study conducted by the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur Mer, member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre. **Lim HW et al. Current challenges in photoprotection. J AM Acad Dermatol. 2017 Mar ;76(351) 591-599. Young AR et al. Sub-optimal Application of a High SPF Sunscreen Prevents Epidermal DNA Damage in Vivo. Acta Derm Venered. 2018 Oct 10;98(9):880-887.

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