The desire to develop sunglasses that respect marine life is at the origin of the creation of Laboratoires de Biarritz.
Respecting Marine Life, A Foundational Commitment
The idea of making sunscreens that respect marine life was at the heart of the creation of Laboratoires de Biarritz.
The brand was born with the development of the certified Organic ALGA MARIS sunscreen products, made to protect our skin, but also the environment: natural ingredients, no petrochemicals, non-polluting and more.
Laboratoires de Biarritz has always had strong ties with the ocean.
Its exceptional ecosystems inspire our minds, and our drive our will to protect its resources. In this way, we do not harvest Gelidium sesquipedale, the red seaweed of the Basque coast that is at the heart of the extracts that make our product ranges what they are. We only use what is offered to us by the ocean, gathering it off the beaches where it naturally washes up every fall.
A Determined and Engaged Crew
Entrepreneurs truly in love with the ocean have always been at the helm of Laboratoires de Biarritz. As surfers and sailors, they know the disastrous effects of marine pollution on the balance of oceanic ecosystems, and pour their hearts into conservation.
Laboratoires de Biarritz is a team that is conscientious about protecting the environment every day. In their personal lives, everyone has made their own commitments: eating local and Organic foods, picking up trash on the beaches, etc.
In this way, creating dermo-cosmetic skin care products with the smallest possible environmental footprint comes naturally to us.
WE PROVE THAT OUR SUNSCREENS RESPECT THE OCEAN
From the very beginning of the process of designing of our products, our R&D team adheres to strict guidelines to ensure the preservation of the ocean:
· Certified Organic Formulas
· 100% mineral screens with natural coatings
· 99.6 to 100% natural origin ingredients
· Very water resistant formulas that stay on the skin
· More than 99.7% biodegradable organic material
Going the extra mile...
Rare are the companies that make sunscreens that, more than just saying that their products are safe for the marine environment, actually provide proof. Laboratoires de Biarritz did, contracting an independent laboratory specialized in ecotoxicity studies.
Tests were carried out on algae (Phaeodactylum tricornutum), microscopic crustaceans (Artemia salina) and coral nubs (Seriatopora hystrix).
Each of these organisms* makes up a different part of the trophic web, giving us a broad overview of any potential ecotoxic effects.
It should be noted that we made the choice of using extreme conditions for these studies, in order to verify the absence of impact even under heavy loading of our sunscreens:
- Products tested: the formulas most concentrated in mineral screens.
- Study conditions: maximum concentrations and contact times.
These studies demonstrated an absence of impact of ALGA MARIS sunscreens on the growth and mortality of the study organisms. For corals, no bleaching was observed.
ALGA MARIS Sunscreens respect the marine environment.
*No animal testing: the organisms used in the study are not considered animals under the terms used for animal testing.
Our commitment to associations
Laboratoires de Biarritz is a member of the non-profit organisation Respect Ocean, that brings together
companies that are committed to sustainable development in harmony with the ocean protection.