Hawaii became the first state in the nation Friday to ban most sunscreens in an effort to help protest the region’s dying coral reefs; outlawing two popular chemicals believed to be harmful to marine life.
Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill into law this week; banning the sale and use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate after local lawmakers passed the legislation earlier this year.
Only those with a medically prescribed sunscreen containing the chemicals will be allowed to obtain the product.
“This bill is a small first step worldwide to really caring about our corals and our reefs in a way that no one else anywhere in the world has done,” said the Governor.
“We are blessed in Hawaii to be home of some of the most beautiful natural resources on the planet, but our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the Earth can have everlasting impacts,” Ige said.
The ban -which impacts more than 3,500 of the most popular sunscreen products- goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
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