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Hawaii To Ban Sale Of Sunscreens With Coral-Harming Chemicals

06 July 2018

Hawaii Government prohibits sunscreen marketing that endangered coral reefs.

"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.

Although the law will not take effect till 2021, it has already drawn opposition from various companies and business associations.

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.

The bill to ban them passed in May and Hawaii's governor is expected to sign it later this week.

"We are blessed in Hawaii to be home of some of the most lovely 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.

Sen. Mike Gabbard, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, and the man responsible for introducing the legislation, hailed it as the gold standard for the world to follow. Coral reefs are also a popular draw for tourists.

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

The goal of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs.

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

Hawaii To Ban Sale Of Sunscreens With Coral-Harming Chemicals