PARADISE LOST: Hawaii BANS MOST SUNSCREENS to 'Protect' Coral Reefs

Mindy Sparks
July 10, 2018

By signing bill SB 2571 on June 3, 2018, Governor David Ige made Hawaii first state in the world to ban certain sunscreens suspected to harmfully impact coral reefs.

State lawmakers passed the legislation in early May.

The ban takes effect on January 1, 2021, and it will not impact medically prescribed sunscreens or makeup that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.

In an effort to protect the state's lovely coral reefs, Hawaii just became the first state to ban certain sunscreens that are deemed harmful to the reefs.

The new law prohibits counties from restricting either chemical until the state ban becomes effective.

Many Democrats in the state's legislature offered big support to this bill.


Hawaii permits sunscreen ban to protect coral reefs.

"In my lifetime, our planet has lost about half its coral reefs", Rep. In addition, this law does not include products marketed or intended for use as a cosmetic (according to the United States legislation, this means that only OTC sunscreens are concerned, not cosmetics that would contain these chemicals for other purposes that skin protection).

"When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the flawless place to set the gold standard for the world to follow", Gabbard told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Environmental sectors have expressed warm approval to the law but business groups, trade associations, and the healthcare sectors are showing criticism and urging that the law, restricting people from applying sunscreen at Hawaii will indirectly increase the risk of sunburn or long-term issues including skin cancer. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are used in more than 3, 500 of the world's most popular sunscreen products, including Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat.

Mineral sunscreens are still allowed which uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to physically protect from sun harmful rays.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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