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0 Comments | Jun 04, 2018

Hawaii: The First State to Ban Sunscreen?

Coral bleaching leads to Hawaii banning sunscreen

As temperatures rise and we swarm to the beach, sunscreen is key to protecting us against the sun’s harmful rays. As it turns out though, the same product we use to protect us is destroying marine life. Two popular chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, used to produce sunscreen are being banned in Hawaii due to the mounting evidence that they are bleaching corals and killing fish.

While Hawaii waits until Jan. 1, 2021 for the law to take effect, they are attempting to educate tourists and residents of the harmful effects. Even Hawaiian Airlines is attempting to spread the word. The airline now shows an 11 minute mini-documentary about how environmental changes are destroying reefs as well as offering passengers free samples of natural sunscreens without damaging chemicals.

To further educate the masses, Hawaiian beaches may also make use of Custom Signs with text and images declaring the state-wide ban. This will help people recognize that certain sunscreens may contaminate the same oceans that attracted them to the beach in the first place.

Although sunscreen isn’t the only threat that corals face, the ban is a small step in the right direction. Changing sunscreens is an easy step for people to take and it’s one that may keep Hawaiian marine life healthy.





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