Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

06 Julio, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Enrique Watson
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"Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life", the Democratic governor said.

Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill on Tuesday banning nearly all sunscreens that contain certain chemicals that damage coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.

When the legislation enters into result, sun block consisting of oxybenzone and also octinoxate will just be readily available to those with a prescription from a doctor.

Observations by the journal "Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology", say that sunscreens are accountable for 1.4 ton of toxic substance that flow into coral reefs every year around the world.

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Gov. David Ige will sign a bill on Tuesday that makes selling sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate illegal. Others will have to buy sunscreens without these chemicals or bring their own sunscreen with them to Hawaii.

Scientists found that oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause young developing coral to die, as well as bleaching, DNA damage, and deformities to the reefs.

While environmentalists and most residents of Hawaii applaud approval of the legislation, some merchants have anxious the move may hurt at the cash register as about 70% of all common sunscreens now on the market would fall under this ban. We know the tide is against us.

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. "We've got a limited amount of time".

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