HAWAII BANNED SUNSCREENS CONTAINING HARMFUL CHEMICALS TO CORAL REEFS. LET’S BE LIKE HAWAII.

Remember years ago when the media focused on the damage caused by humans to the coral reefs? Where did that attention go?

Luckily for the reefs, Hawaii still thinks about them. Hawaii has implemented the world’s first ban on sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals found in most sunscreen brands. Unfortunately, this law isn’t in effect until January 2021.

Essentially, these two chemicals, when washed off beachgoers or otherwise enter the ocean, are bleaching the coral and breaking down the reefs. Oxybenzone and octinoxate have been detected in waters all over the world. According to the National Oceanic and Atomospheric Admin., scientists found that 56% of the Big Island’s coral was bleached, 44% of West Maui’s corals, and 32% of Oahu’s reefs.

HOW YOU CAN HELP.

Well how am I supposed to protect myself from the sun? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a chemical sunscreen protects the skin by absorbing the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens (without oxybenzone and octinoxate) deflect the sun’s rays and contain titanium dioxide or zinc.

There are PLENTY!!! Of sunscreens WITHOUT these chemicals. Here are some popular ones below.

Cerave

Bare Republic

All Good

Hawaii’s official report and explanation for the ban.

5 thoughts

  1. Cerave is a brand that I have been using for years. I was unaware how eco-friendly it was and will definitely be migrating towards their sunscreens come summer. Thanks for this !

  2. I have been using Cerave products for some time now and I was unaware of their eco-friendly qualities. Will definitely do my part in switching over to their sunscreen come summer time. Attention brings awareness ! Thank you for this article.

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