The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing chemicals that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean.
The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The Hawaii sunscreen bill now awaits the signature of the governor. The new rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in oceans annually with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean.
One company ahead of the curve is All Good Products. With All Good Products, you can choose a reef-friendly sunscreen that helps protect coral reefs and protects your skin without leaving you pasty white. Non-Nanoparticle Zinc Oxide offers the most effective UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection in the world. The key word here is Non-NANO. Nano-sized particles of zinc or titanium dioxide are microscopic, can be consumed or absorbed by marine life and disruptive to reef growth processes. To learn more about the Reef-Friendly Initiative (that includes 3rd party test) click here.