Affordable Reef-Safe Sunscreen on Horizon as Scientists Create More Sustainable Way to Make Zinc Oxide

A new, more sustainable way to make zinc oxide—a key ingredient in many high end health and beauty products such as sunscreens—has been developed by British researchers. The new technique has the potential to revolutionize the raw materials industry.

Many high end personal care products, such as moisturizers, shampoos, soaps, and sunscreens, are made with zinc oxide as they appeal to consumers who are keen to avoid chemical-based products.

However, the cost of these products puts them out of reach for most; and as such, globally most people opt for cheaper products, many of which contain chemicals that are hugely damaging to the environment.

In the case of sunscreens, the cheaper products often contain chemicals that have a…

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