Goddess Garden: Taking names and making changes
What’s not to like about organic sunscreen? It’s not only good for us, it’s good for the planet. This B-corp company defines success by the amount of chemicals it can take off peoples’ skin and out of the environment by providing safe alternatives. And Goddess Garden has had some wins as of late. The company’s mineral sunscreens are free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, two common chemicals found in sunscreens which have been shown to increase the susceptibility of coral reefs to the bleaching caused by warmer temps. In fact, research that the company conducted with the University of Colorado found that it takes only a small amount of sunscreen containing oxybenzone to cause serious damage to a coral reef. So when company founder, Nova Covington, heard that legislators in Hawaii were trying to pass a bill to ban the use and sale of these chemicals, she jumped in to participate in the awareness campaign that reef-safe options in sunscreen are available. The company gathered nearly 55,000 signatures through a Care2 petition and sent it to Hawaiian Governor Ige to help encourage him to sign the bill, which he did on July 3, 2018. Goddess Garden will introduce a baby care line at Expo West.