Last year, the lawmakers in the state of Hawaii introduced legislation to ban toxic chemicals frequently found in sunscreen products. For a variety of reasons, that legislation did not pass. HOWEVER, a new coalition of lawmakers recently introduced SB2571 which as written says “Beginning July 1, 2019, bans the sale, offer of sale, or distribution in the State of any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, without a prescription issued by a licensed healthcare provider to preserve marine ecosystems.”
This is a positive step for the protection of vital marine environments and a large awareness effort is currently underway worldwide to not only pass this legislation, but also encourage other countries and jurisdictions to consider similar bans on Oxybenzone and octinoxate.
One of the leading companies in the recreational dive industry that is providing on-going education and awareness of products that are safe for marine environment is Stream2Sea. According to President Autumn Blum, this legislation is just the first step in a worldwide educational campaign both in the dive industry and beyond.
“Research has shown that Oxybenzone IS harmful to coral reefs and marine environments. We developed Stream2Sea with this fact in mind and it is making a difference,” she points out. “Stream2Sea is taking a very active role in educating divers, dive professionals and members of the trade on why eco-conscious sunscreens and products are vital to the future of sustainable tourism, our oceans and waterways.”
The movement towards environmental-safe sunscreens is gaining a lot of recent media attention. Check out these links for additional stories and background details:
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