Monday, 10 December, 2018

Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens that harm coral

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Sandy Nunez | 06 July, 2018, 22:12

Hawaii will become the first state to restrict the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing chemicals that can damage the coral reef after Governor David Ige signs legislation later this week. It is particularly targeted at the sunscreens that consists the chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation which makes Hawaii the first US state to enact a ban on oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Hawaii Governor, David Ige, signed a bill that will ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals harmful to coral reefs. Others will have to buy sunscreens without these chemicals or bring their own sunscreen with them to Hawaii.

Oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are in most sunscreen products, are believed by scientists to be toxic to coral reefs.

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Sunscreens containing chemical substances harmful to coral reefs will be banned in the USA state of Hawaii from 2021, U.S. local media reported Wednesday.

Various sunscreens from the prominent brands including Banana Boat, Australian Gold and Coppertone consist of either oxybenzone or octinoxate, as indicated by a research conducted by the cosmetics ingredients database of the Environmental Working Group. Coral reefs are also a popular draw for tourists.

"Healthy reefs are a fundamental part of a larger ecosystem which is important to the health of our planet", said Sen. Lim and other critics say people would be discouraged from wearing sunscreen altogether and skin cancer cases would increase.

Leaders need to act quickly to save what coral world has left, he said. We know the tide is against us.