Maui County Bans Non-mineral Sunscreen to Protect Coral Reefs

As of 01OCT, a new Hawaiian law goes into effect that bans non-mineral sunscreens across Maui, Lanai and Molokai. It is now illegal to use, sell or distribute any sunscreen that isn’t mineral-based in Maui County unless individuals have a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.

As reported by USA Today, only mineral sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will be allowed, which are the only two ingredients that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recently proposed to be considered “safe and effective.” When people swim in the ocean or shower at beach parks, chemicals from sunscreens can wash into the ocean, which lab research has found that in high enough amounts, some of those chemicals hurt marine life like algae and coral.

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