Now, Hawaiian lawmaker came out with the sunscreens ban bill which forbids the use of sunscreens which contain oxybenzone and octinoxate as they have been blamed for causing negative effects and even coral bleaching to coral reefs.
NPR states that at the time of that study, "researchers estimated about 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions end up in coral reefs around the world each year".
Sunscreen companies such as L'Oréal and their commercial partners objected against the new legislation, alleging a paucity of scientific proof, but the compelling scientific research underlying the legislation seemed to have prevailed.
The bill focuses on two chemicals - oxybenzone and octinoxate - that are found in many sunscreens and notes that they "have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii's marine environment and residing ecosystems".
"When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the flawless place to set the gold standard for the world to follow".
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Sunscreen does a good job of protecting our skin, but it may not be so good for marine life.
If it is signed by Democratic Gov. David Ige it would into effect on January 1, 2021, on the islands. There has also a been surge of growth in Hawaiian-made natural sunscreen products.
"Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law", state Sen. Mike Gabbard told the Star-Advertiser. The chemical not only kills the coral, it causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it unlikely they can develop properly. "It can also disrupt the development of fish and other wildlife".
Craig Downs, author co-author of this study, told The Washington Post "We have lost at least 80 percent of the coral reefs in the Caribbean ..."
Coral is experiencing a major threat to its survival, with scientists predicting a 90 percent die off by the year 2050.
Along with this proactive approach by Hawaii, Australia has also pledged $379 million to invest in protective measures to save the Great Barrier Reef, which experienced a third of the reef dying off.