Hawai‘i Takes a Stand on Sunscreens

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On Tuesday 3 July, Hawai‘i’s Governor David Ige, signed a bill that prohibits “the sale, offer of sale and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i,” according to a press release.

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“Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life,” shared Governor Ige. “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 Hawai‘i’s coral reefs.”

This bill takes effect on 1 January 2021.

Read more at governor.hawaii.gov.