Who doesn’t love some good news?!
It was announced this week that Hawaii have lead the way to become the first state/country to ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate! Woohoo let’s just take a moment to enjoy that! The Hawaiian Governor, David Ige signed the legislation on Tuesday 2nd July 2018 but will not take effect until 2021.
I wrote an earlier blog post, Sunblock in the spotlight, that highlighted the damage these ingredients are causing to both our reef systems as well as ourselves. As exciting as this news is and certainly, let’s hope that other countries follow suit – and quickly – it would be great to see this take effect before 2021. Another 3 years of these chemicals entering our oceans is 3 years too many.
I really hope that it’s not going to be too little too late by the time the legislation takes effect but right now, I’m celebrating this small win for our oceans!