Hawaii Bans Most Sunscreens in Effort to Save Dwindling Coral Reefs

Karma Yoga Daily

By Phillip Schneider, Natural Blaze

On July 3rd, Hawaii became the first state in the union to enact a ban on certain sunscreens with ingredients which have been deemed harmful to coral reefs. 

Senate Bill 2571 was passed by state lawmakers in early May, but was only recently signed into law by Hawaii Governor David Ige in July. 

The bill states that the two chemicals used in sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate, “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems, including coral reefs that protect Hawaii’s shoreline,” and can “induce feminization in adult male fish.” 

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