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We are SunButter

In 2016 marine biologist and conservation ecologist team Sacha Guggenheimer and Tom Hiney were just learning about the negative impacts of chemical sunscreen pollution on our oceans, and in particular coral reefs. 

At the time, Sacha and Tom were working on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Feeling the squeeze between the need to wear sunscreen whilst swimming with whale sharks and their passion to protect the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, the pair began to develop a natural high quality sun protection. A formula that possessed the highest sun protection factor possible for their outdoor lifestyle - SPF50, but was not going to compromise their skin with harsh chemicals or have adverse effects on marine life and corals. 

This is how SunButter™ was born. The original SunButter sunblock was handmade for the whale shark guides, photographers, spearo's, divers and fisherman of the Ningaloo Reef. Since 2019 SunButter has expanded from handmade sunblock to launching Australia's first reef safe sunscreen packaged in reusbale and recyclable tins and Australia's first vegan surf zinc. All our products are listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and comply with Australia's world leading sunscreen standards.

Our teams passion to grow a socially and environmentally ethical skincare company is driven by our mantra, "Protecting People & The Planet". A promise to our planet and our customers for us and our future.

Our impact so far

Our achievement in the journey depicted in numbers
Single-use plastic bottles of sunscreen avoided by choosing sunscreen in tin.
21 tonnes
Of toxic chemical
UV blockers diverted from waterways and oceans
Money donated to
charitble partners
354 tonnes
Carbon offset through Greenfleet tree planting in Australia and New Zealand

Our Team

Dianne Russell


The Pathfinder

Eleanor Pena


The Alchemist

Theresa Webb


The Artist

Bessie Cooper


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Before SunButter

Co-founder Tom
Tom ditched his place at London's School of Economics to become a dive instructor and travel the world. He managed a conservation island in the Seychelles before becoming a naturalist guide, with a particular speciality in coral reef restoration and science communication.
Co-founder Sacha
Born to serve the sea Sacha has spent many years as a marine biologist, with a special focus on whale acoustics. She is a scientist, creative and activist that has always carried a special spot in her heart for living a healthy lifestyle centred in frugal hedonism, community and the great outdoors.

Where it all began

Our kickstarter campaign