Hawaii moves to ban chemical sunscreens

Hawaii moves to ban chemical sunscreens

Hawaii’s law-making body is hoping to usher in a ban on two key sunscreen ingredients which it believes are responsible for the bleaching of its coral, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

If the measure is passed into law by the governor, the sale or distribution of sun care products containing either oxybenzone or octinoxate could be prohibited, affecting some 70 percent of sunscreens currently on the market. 

Industry body the Personal Care Products Council claims that the bill is based on scant research while the Consumer Healthcare Products Association charged the legislature of relying on ‘weak science’, citing global warming, agricultural run-off, sewage and overfishing as the ‘real causes’ of reef damage.

“Banning oxybenzone and octinoxate – key ingredients in effective sunscreens on the market – will drastically and unnecessarily reduce the selection of safe and effective sunscreen products available,” it said in a statement, per Chemical Watch.