Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spa has become the first hotel group to ban environmentally-harmful sunscreens from its properties. In recent years it’s become apparent that common sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone cause significant damage to coral. The abundance of these ingredients in the water, in combination with climate change and the current state of ocean acidification, can lead to significant issues like coral bleaching, damaged DNA and deformities in younger coral.
Six Senses has compiled a list of over 50 sun products that meet the reef safety criteria established by the Environmental Working Group based on the latest scientific research. The list also favours products that utilise plant-based or fully compostable packaging. The hotel group will share this key information with guests prior to their arrival, and offer advice and options on how they can have a more environmentally-friendly stay.
From 1 September 2019, Six Senses has also made a commitment to only provide sun products that are 100% reef-safe in all its properties. They’ll be available for guests to purchase at all Six Senses spas and boutiques.
Sustainability is at the core of the Six Senses ethos. The new toxic sunscreen ban joins a list of the hotel group’s environmentally-friendly initiatives.