In Hawai’i we’re seeing the impact of sunscreens on our coral reefs. As more and more tourists visit Hawai’i, dumping thousands of gallons of sunscreens into our nearshore waters, the situation is becoming critical.
There are numerous studies showing showing a direct correlation between coral mortality and sunscreen ingredients, particularly oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene… as well a number of active and inactive ingredients (hormone disruptors, toxins, allergens, fragrances) that are of concern. (Yes, many things impact corals. Yes, sunscreen is one of them we can control now).
Unfortunately, they are finding sunscreen chemicals in marine life found in Hawai’i waters. Even if you don’t use sunscreen, or swim in the ocean, you may be at risk by eating fish.
Our goal is to educate as well as keep people informed about legislation. Check our legislation section and our facebook page for the most current updates! *Note: Hawaii 2018 Legislative session begins end of January.
Whether bans get passed on one ingredient or another, we hope to utilize the momentum and any media attention to educate consumers to make better choices and offer them information on safer alternatives. Most people want to do the right thing and self-regulation will go a long way.
We hope to encourage companies to create sunscreen formulas that do not have such a negative impact on corals, marine life, and people – as well encourage stores to carry reef-friendly, eco-friendly brands.
We will provide resources for those interested in helping the movement. Check out the sunscreen safe shop for sunscreen cards you can share, signage you can put up in shops, stickers, and more! Spread the word and support the cause.
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