UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Hawaii is well on its way to becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals known to harm coral reefs.
Lawmakers in Hawaii passed a bill May 1 prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens made with oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Past studies have shown both chemicals contribute to coral bleaching and drain corals of their nutrients.
They’re also thought to harm the development of ocean life like fish.
According to NPR, there are more than 3,500 sunscreen products that contain these two chemicals. Popular brands include Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone and Banana Boat.
The bill must be signed by Gov. David Ige before it can go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2021.
Sen. Mike Gabbard told the Honolulu Star-Adviser, “Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law … Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens.”