Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Sunscreens Harmful To Coral Reefs

Posted: Jul 4 2018, 11:46am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Hawaii Becomes First State to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to Coral Reefs

Hawaii puts Restrictions on Sales of Environmentally Unfriendly Sunscreens

Hawaii happens to be the first state of the USA to put restrictions on sales of harmful sunscreens which destroy coral reefs. The Governor of the Aloha State put his name on a bill that ensures that sunscreens containing two deadly chemicals will be banned.

This bill was ratified after noon today throughout the islands of Hawaii. These OTC sunscreens were found to contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.

As for the actual restriction, it will be implemented in 2021. Via the signing of this bill, for now, Hawaii becomes the first one among US states to do something for the coral reefs which are facing destruction solely due to these chemicals.

It is a small step but it will do for now. The signing ceremony ended on a note of resounding applause from the audience. This is a very salutary move that will do something for the environment instead of making it polluted.

The marine ecological niche is a beautiful and delicate source of much benefit to the planet. It must not be treated with ruthlessness.

The main Capital Rotunda was the scene of the signing of the bill. Among the onlookers were the spokespersons of the Surfrider Foundation, the Friends of Hanauma Bay and the Kohala Center. This bill got a lot of support from many selfless environmental groups.

There were a few business interests which opposed this bill yet they were thwarted in the end. The restrictions put on the sale of these deadly sunscreens for coral reefs by the Hawaii authorities is something which deserved all the praise in the world.

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