Hawaii banned specific sun screen lotions sale on public

Hawaii banned specific sun screen lotions sale on public

Edgewell Personal Care, which makes Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotions, said it now makes products free of the two chemicals and "will continue to ensure we comply with all relevant regulations concerning oxybenzone and octinoxate".

Hawaii may set a trend, when it comes to potentially harmful suncreens. The ban on these particular compounds - which the majority of sunscreens include - should provide at least some relief for the reefs around the Hawaiian islands, and hopefully the push towards new sunblock formulas will cause the manufacturers to roll out updated products across the board. Although not all parties are pleased with the move, Ige felt it was one way to help protect the coral reefs of his home state which are known around the world for their natural beauty.

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. At that rate, coral bleaching contributed to the loss of about half of the world's reefs in 2014 and 2015.

State Sen. Mike Gabbard (D), who sponsored the bill, said when lawmakers passed the measure that Hawaii is "on the cutting edge".

Environmental organizations argue that certain sunscreens - which research has shown can wash off from skin into the water while swimming or bathing - can be toxic to the coral reefs.

If the ban is passed, it would take effect in 2021.

"Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life", the Democratic governor said.

Ige is expected to sign a bill restricting the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Consumers will instead have to buy reef-safe sunscreens lacking the chemicals. "Banning oxybenzone and octinoxate - key ingredients in effective sunscreens on the market - will drastically and unnecessarily reduce the selection of safe and effective sunscreen products available to residents and visitors".

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