Reef safe sun care for you and the family

Our friends at Tropic skincare have produced a sun care product that protects your skin AND protects the planet.

Did you know? Around 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers into the ocean worldwide each year.*

Many off the shelf sunscreens often contain toxic chemical ingredients that pollute and threaten the ocean’s ecosytem. Oxybenzone is one such ingredient commonly found in sun care products which has been linked to bleaching of coral, at least 10% of coral reefs across the globe are at risk of exposure to this!**

It’s always worth checking the ingredients list on your sunscreen, look out for; Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, Octocrylene. You can also check out your sun care, plus 1000’s of other products for free on the THINK DIRTY® app. This independent app allows you to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products.

Did you know you can get 100% reef safe sun care?

Unlike a lot of mainstream sun care products, Tropics revolutionary range of broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB), reef-safe, free from toxic ingredients, sun care is made without known pollutants to land, sea and wildlife.

Everyone deserves sun care that protects your skin while also protecting the planet.

Tropic are proud to be the first beauty brand in the UK and Europe to be awarded the Protect Land + Sea seal of approval for our entire sun protection range https://haereticus-lab.org/protect-land-sea-certification-3/

The new Great Barrier range

Great Barrier includes a combination of both mineral and safe synthetic sun filters for a revolutionary new product formulation that can be enjoyed by everyone!

The original Skin Shade range, mineral protection was the only option at the time that was felt safe to use due the ingredients on offer. Skin Shade is still a great option for those with ultra-sensitive skin, perhaps you suffer from eczema or psoriasis? It is also more water –resistant that the Great barrier range.

If you are very active and outdoorsy, as well as those with a darker skin tone, or lots of hair, you will love Great Barrier. It’s silky, hydrating formula is so light and easy to apply. Its smells divine too. Available in factors 15, 30 and 50. Plus you can get a factor 50 specifically for your face called Sun Day.

Prefer 100% mineral sun protection?

Skin Shade is a broad-spectrum, water-resistant 100% mineral sun cream that’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Freshly made with an exotic blend of nourishing oils and antioxidant-rich extracts, this rich, long-lasting cream delivers all-round protection . This comes in factor 15, 30 and 50. Plus you can get a tinted version for your face with factor 50 protection (Tinted Skin Shade in light/medium and medium/dark)

The whole sun care range is also part of the return scheme

You can return ANY five empties from the sun care range for FREE to tropic HQ (you need a returns form I can provide) and you’ll receive a FREE 15ml Sun Day UV Facial Defence

It’s Tropics way of saying thank you for helping to create a healthier, greener, more empowered world.

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*National Geographic, 2018

**Downs et al, 2015

Introducing the Turtleback Bag for Wild Swimmers

This week we are proud to announce a collaboration with Swim Feral, makers of the Turtleback Bag. We are an official affiliate, selling their TurtleBack bags via our Seabirds Wild Swim Shop. We first noticed the name of their company – Swim Feral, we love it! 

This week we are proud to announce a collaboration with Swim Feral, makers of the Turtleback Bag. We are an official affiliate, selling their TurtleBack bags via our Seabirds Wild Swim Shop. We first noticed the name of their company – Swim Feral, we love it! 

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Swim Feral was founded by Jamima Latimer and Sonya Moorhead. They are both artists with a cold water habit and made friends swimming together in a dam on top of a blustery hill in the Yorkshire moors. They designed the Turtleback bag to make the outdoor changing experience a bit more comfortable for those of us who like our swims feral.  Lets meet them…

 Jamima:

“I started outdoor swimming about 3 years ago. I go pretty much everyday, all year round. I love it, its kept me sane through some tough times and brought me plenty of brilliantly bizarre and joy filled times.

Nearly three years ago Sonya had the idea to do #januarydailydip – swimming everyday in January to raise money for displaced and homeless people. We raised a lot of money and had a lot of (freezing and challenging) fun doing it. We were amazed how many people supported us and how many people wanted to join in.

As well as raising money for a great cause the experience inspired two things in me:

  • to encourage more people to connect with the natural world and experience how incredible it feels and the benefits it brings.
  • to make a wild swim bag I could get changed in!

Swim Feral is the result.

If you swim outdoors you will know there are practicalities around getting changed – especially in winter.

All too often I found myself balancing on a plastic bag while trying not stand on the freezing cold ground attempting to pull a stubborn swim sock off with slightly numb hands! This got me thinking – I need a bag that I can stand on, get changed in and that is big enough to fit all my clothes in. I checked if any already existed, I found wetsuit mats but they weren’t ideal; I have to walk to my swim regular swim place and didn’t want to carry more stuff. I needed a bag/mat combo which is comfy to carry as well.

I design and make inflatable sculptures in my other life. So I just did what I always do, I got on with it and made myself a bag. Then my swimming mates wanted one and the feedback was great! I showed my triathlon friends and they were very enthusiastic too.

The result is the The Turtleback Bag.

I’ve spent the last year testing it out and adapting the design. It resembles a big protective shell, it takes care of all your gear and even acts as an extra layer against the elements across your back. (… also turtles are incredible swimmers and live till they are ancient!).

There isn’t another bag like this.”

 

Sonya:

“I grew up beside the sea and spent most weekends and long summer holidays mooching around on beaches with my sisters and friends. I was always the one who got in the water first. I absolutely love salt in my hair and pretending to do synchronised swimming. I’ve swum in lots of beautiful places over the years, I’m a strong swimmer but I am not wild. I’m probably overly cautious about depth and the “get out” plan. I’m also not a mad fan of seaweed or jellyfish.

Since moving to West Yorkshire and finding my swimming tribe, I’ve pushed against my comfortable limits and now do all sorts of feral swims I never thought possible. I even won the local outdoor swimming race last year – The Lee Dam Dash!

I came up with the #januarydailydip in 2018 to relieve my increasing anxiety about the UK’s homelessness crisis and the humanitarian suffering I could see on all my news feeds. I’m really proud of the totals we have raised so far and how the JDD team has grown, but there is still plenty to do.

In my other work I do a lot of project management, marketing and communicating. Jamima and I have talked a lot about Swim Feral as a vehicle to support the outdoor swimming movement with a really good product. We also want to champion the health benefits, especially for women, of immersing yourself in cold watery landscapes.

I also love my own Turtleback bag; it’s the original ruc sack prototype.

The Turtleback Bag – Bringing comfort to the uncomfortable!”

So they sound like Seabirds don’t they? Supporting them was a no brainer for us at Seabirds HQ. You can also support Seabirds if you decide to buy from Swim Feral by going through our blog site here or via our website.  Thank you!

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