Hawaii’s state Governor signed bill to ban use of the most sunscreen brands to protect coral


On Tuesday, Gov. David Ige signed the bill into law. As consequence, as of January 2021, the majority of sunscreens currently on the market will be banned in Hawaii.  What was scientifically determined, oxybenzone “deforms coral cells, damages their DNA, and, most disturbing of all, disrupts coral larvae endocrine hormones causing baby coral to encase themselves in their own skeletons and die.” When washed off, most sunscreens applied by beachgoers spreads into the water and expose nearby corals to oxybenzone and octinoxate. In Hawaii, more than half the state’s coral reefs were bleached between 2014 and 2015.

Tourists on the beach in Hawaii

Industry and medical groups argued against the bill while it was up for debate because oxybenzone and octinoxate are the most common active ingredients in many sunscreens. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines and supplements, said that at least 70 percent of sunscreens currently on the market will be affected by the ban, such as Banana Boat, Coppertone, and Neutrogena. . “By removing access to a significant number of products, this ban will give people another excuse to skip sun protection, putting them at greater risk for skin cancer,” The Skin Cancer Foundation said. However, over criticism, the environmental considerents will be this time prioritaire.


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