I received Tuga Sunwear for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.
Coral Reefs around the world are being killed and damaged and sometimes that is because of the chemicals that come from the sunscreen used by beach-goers and divers. It’s estimated that 25 to 60 million bottles worth of harmful sunscreen chemicals wash off into coral reef areas each year.* Tuga Sunwear has a fashionable and easy fix with their sunscreen clothing. It cuts down on up to 90% of the sunscreen you have to use and is super cute at the same time!
I am a HUGE fan of swimwear that includes rash guards and hats because it means more UV protection without having to use as much sunscreen. The sets from Tuga provide important UV protection that is functional, fun and fashionable for both kids and adults.
With styles and unique prints all designed in California, the UPF 50+ rated fabrics provide maximum UV sun protection for all apparel and hats. This here is their Seaside & Short set in the violet color. This one is the size 4/5 on my skinny 5 year old and it fits her PERFECTLY. It fits her snug but comfortably with 4 way stretch and at the end of the day it dries quickly which is important when they want to wear the same outfit the next day of vacation.
Plangea Inc, the parent company for Tuga.com, was founded by dad-of-four John Westgarth who received sun protective swimwear from a friend in New Zealand and became convinced that this was the best way to protect his kids from skin cancer. In 2002 the company introduced the Tuga Sunwear brand – a full line of highly fashionable, highly protective swimwear for kids. A line for adults and also pets soon followed. As a small, family owned company John is proud to have built an employee (and pet) friendly work environment that is also socially and environmentally conscious. Based in California, it is 100% solar powered.
*Source: EWG.com. From a ten-year study from the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Virginia and Marche Polytechnic University, Italy, who found that exposure to oxybenzone – a hormone disruptor and allergen in 70 percent of the non-mineral products listed in EWG’s Sunscreen Guide – can cause juvenile coral to be fatally trapped in their own skeletons. The study also identified butylparaben, octinoxate and 4MBC all commonly found in sunscreen, as toxic to coral health.