Hawaii becomes first state to ban sale of sunscreens linked to coral damage

Hawaii becomes first state to ban sale of sunscreens linked to coral damage

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is now the first state in the nation to ban the sale of sunscreens with chemicals that could be harmful to the environment.

Gov. David Ige signed the bill Tuesday that makes selling sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate illegal.

"Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life," Ige said, in a news release.

"Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the earth can have lasting impacts. This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii's coral reefs."

Studies show the chemicals are harmful to coral reefs.

Those who opposed the measure, however, believe the ban could discourage from using sunscreen since alternatives cost significantly more.

Worth noting: The ban doesn't apply to wearing the targeted sunscreens and those ingredients can also be included in cosmetics.

The law's ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

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