Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

"This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii's coral reefs", David Ige, the Hawaiian Governor, said as he signed the bill bringing the proposed ban into law.

The guv included that Hawaii would certainly additionally should proceed various other initiatives to shield coral reefs, consisting of battling intrusive varieties, air pollution from land overflow as well as environment adjustment.

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.

Edgewell Personal Care, which makes Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotions, said it now makes products free of the two chemicals and "will continue to ensure we comply with all relevant regulations concerning oxybenzone and octinoxate".

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"In my lifetime, our planet has lost about half its coral reefs", he said.

Sunscreen, which often comes off while swimming or playing in the ocean, bleaches the reefs which gives them a lighter appearance and can also contribute to their death. The group Retail Merchants of Hawaii has said it's concerned the ban will discourage people from buying sunscreen at brick and mortar stores. "We've got [a] limited amount of time". "By taking the lead on banning these unsafe chemicals in sunscreens, we've started a tidal wave which will help bring our coral reefs back to life", he told KHON2 News.

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

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