Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Hawaii to become first state to ban sunscreens to protect marine ecosystems

Avoid sun damage by covering up with hats and long sleeves and limit exposure during the hottest part of the day Hawaii to ban sale of sunscreen containing chemicals damaging to coral reefs
Elijah Vega | 06 July, 2018, 22:13

Hawaii has become the first state to ban the distribution and purchase of sunscreens, which leads to harm the coral life.

The new law prohibits counties from restricting either chemical until the state ban becomes effective on January 2, 2021.

Bans the sale, offer of sale, or distribution of any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, without a prescription issued by a licensed healthcare provider. "This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawai'i's coral reefs".

Mario Tama / Getty Images Hawaii's Gov. David Ige said during a bill signing ceremony, "We are blessed in Hawaii to be home of some of the most attractive natural resources on the planet, but our natural environment is fragile".

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"We are blessed in Hawaii to be home of some of the most attractive natural resources on the planet, but our natural environment is fragile and our own interaction with the earth can have everlasting impacts", Ige said at the bill signing.

Observations by the journal "Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology", say that sunscreens are accountable for 1.4 ton of toxic substance that flow into coral reefs every year around the world.

State Sen. Mike Gabbard proposed the bill for the first time in May, which is expected to be effective by 2021. We know the tide is against us.

Up to 70 percent of sunscreens sold on the USA market contain oxybenzone and up to 8 percent contain octinoxate, which often appears on the labels as octyl methoxycinnamate, National Public Radio reported.

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