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Sunscreens kill coral so avoid use of these sunscreens

Oxybenzone and octinoxate cause mortality in developing coral; increase coral bleaching that indicates extreme stress.

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Avoid these two types of sunscreen which were banned from sale in Hawaii in a State Senate action this week. The legislature of the state of Hawaii banned those sunscreens and sunblocks with oxybenzone and octinoxate after enactment. These chemicals kill coral, according to the bill for the act. What happens when all the coral dies?

Sunscreens kill coral so avoid use of these sunscreens
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“Oxybenzone and octinoxate cause mortality in developing coral; increase coral bleaching that indicates extreme stress, even at temperatures below 87.8 degrees Fahrenheit; and causes genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms.”

The bill for Hawaii Senate state act 2571 also included word that these chemicals “also induce deformities in the embryonic development of fish, sea urchins, coral, and shrimp and induce neurological, behavioural changes in fish that threaten the continuity of fish populations.”

The bill was passed, and the act takes effect on the first of the year 2019. At that time, the following goes into effect:

“Bans the sale, offer of sale, or distribution in the State of any SPF sunscreen protection personal care product that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, without a medically-licensed prescription.”

Hawaii senator Mike Gabbard wrote, “Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law. So, Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens.” Mike added, “When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the perfect place to set the gold standard for the world to follow. This will make a huge difference in protecting our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.”

You should try mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens and always look at the ingredients and words such as “naturally-sourced” and “fragrance-free” also. Zinc oxide is a physical blocker of UV rays from the sun that is also one ingredient. The use of these sunscreens are not banned, but it may be hazardous.

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