Oxybenzone + Octinoxate Hawaii Ban
Last month, Hawaii legislators passed a bill that would ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. I have a detailed blog post in collab with the chemist behind the Cosmetic Composition blog HERE explaining why these ingredients harm our coral reefs. Now, I’m excited to say IT’S OFFICIAL: The sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate is banned in the state of Hawaii!!! Governor Ige signed into law this bill that aims to prevent damage to the state’s coral reef systems.
I have so many questions on applicability/enforceability of this law, but I realize that it’s a big win for the environmental community and there’s no doubt that the ingredients in question are a huge threat to our marine ecosystems. My excitement in the signing of this law is that it’s making national headlines and creating an enormous awareness that even in the Midwest, the oxybenzone and octinoxate in your sunscreen is making it into our water.
Oxybenzone and octinoxate have been shown to disrupt the symbiotic relationship between coral and their zooxanthellae friends (this algae gives coral its color)- causing coral bleaching. With the additional pressures of climate change and pollution, the reefs have a difficult time recovering from a bleaching event and are likely to die. We have high hopes that this ban and the awareness it is creating will make a positive impact on our coral reefs, which in turn will benefit Hawaii’s beloved marine life!
The sunscreen in the photo below is Pacifica which is a reef-safe mineral sunscreen AND it contains a bronzing tint so you look like a golden goddess on the beach instead of being covered in white goo. The formula is awesome and it sprays on very easily for great coverage. I’m not sponsored, just want to share all my great reef-safe sunscreen finds. Eventually, I’ll compile a huge list of my “must-have” brands. But for now, I’ll show you as I go!