For the state, coral reefs have many benefits, such as protecting the coastline, maintain the marine life and most importantly its a key tourist attractions place for the state.
David Ige, Governor, Hawaii, signed a Bill 2571 in Honolulu, for imposing a ban on sunscreen creams which has coral-harming chemicals.
The new bill, passed by Hawaii lawmakers in May, bans certain types of sunscreens that are believed to contribute to the destruction of coral reefs. In addition, this law does not include products marketed or intended for use as a cosmetic (according to the United States legislation, this means that only OTC sunscreens are concerned, not cosmetics that would contain these chemicals for other purposes that skin protection).
Those traveling to Hawaii should bring other forms of sun protection, including protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, UV-blocking sunglasses, etc. "This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii's coral reefs", Ige said during the bill signing.
It should be noted that medically prescribed sunscreens or makeup that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate are free from the ban that takes effects on January 1, 2021. "Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the earth can have lasting impacts. We've got limited amount of time", Lee said. He said, "In my lifetime, our planet has lost about half its coral reefs". These two chemicals are proved to have a devastating effect on the marine life, especially the reef, since they can damage and kill corals at early stages of their development.
The group Retail Merchants of Hawaii has said it's concerned the ban will discourage people from buying sunscreen at brick and mortar stores. Many organizations made public statements opposing the bans.
In answer to Hawaii sunscreen ban The in may, Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) released a statement stating that it would severely compromise the safety and welfare of millions of Hawaii residents and tourists by banning at least 70 percent of the sunscreens on the market today.