State legislators in Hawaii just passed measures to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain certain coral-killing ingredients. By 2021, some brands will either have to change their formulas or they won’t be available in the state. Consumers visiting the state won’t be able to buy formulas containing the ingredients unless under strict doctor’s orders.
Luckily, we’ve got a full rundown on what the ban entails. Plus, we’ll also cover what sunscreens should you avoid, which ones get a pass, and how they work.
“Oxybenzone and octinoxate cause mortality in developing coral; increase coral bleaching that indicates extreme stress, even at temperatures below 87.8 degrees Fahrenheit; and cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms,” according to the Hawaii state senate bill 2571.
It added that the chemicals “also induce deformities in the embryonic development of fish, sea urchins, coral, and shrimp and induce neurological behavioral changes in fish that threaten the continuity of fish populations.”