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Banning Sunscreen?

You may be aware that in July of 2018, Hawaii's Governor (David Ige) signed a bill that will prohibit the SALE or DISTRIBUTION of sunscreens containing the chemicals Oxybenzone or Octinoxate. This is a concern to consumers because approximately 70% of sunscreens contain one or both of these chemicals. Although Hawaii is the first local government to take such action, other places in the U.S. and around the world may consider similar action in the future.

What should you do?

To be safe, if you plan to visit areas where marine life is protected, it would be better to buy a "reef-friendly" sunscreen like Coral Isles BEFORE you travel. That way you'll avoid the disappointment of finding out your sunscreen is prohibited AFTER arriving at your destination. Doing this will save you money and hassle.

Here is a good report by (NPR) that explains more about the ban on Oxybenzone and Octinoxate and also contains a good primer on sunscreen called Sunscreen 101.

Key West Ban on Sunscreen

In February of 2019, Key West, Florida approved a ban on the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. Miami is also debating a similar ban. However, Travis Hutson, A Florida State Senator, has proposed a bill (SB 588) that will fine local municipalities who adopt such bans on sunscreen. This battle of profits over protection of coral reefs only adds confusion to consumers who aren't sure what they should do. The truth is, there are numerous manufacturers, including Coral Isles, who already provide sunscreen to consumers that applies just as easily and protects just as well as brands containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and other chemicals known to be harmful to reefs.

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Reef Saving Sunscreen by Neil Wolkodoff.