Help protect the Islands’ reefs by implementing the use of safe sunscreen deemed better for the environment. Hawai‘i recently, in fact, took the initiative as the first location in the world to help mitigate damage due to sunscreen chemicals. The legislation, which doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021, will prohibit the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate across the state in an effort to alleviate their impact on coral reefs.
The two chemicals exist in almost all sunscreens on the market today. Unfortunately, they both have detrimental effects on reefs, as they leach nutrients and cause the subsequent bleaching and death of coral. They have also been found to create harmful developmental issues in reefs and other marine life, including fish.
Do your part to help ocean ecosystems right now. There are plenty of safe sunscreen alternatives that are proven to do just as good of a job at protecting you from harmful rays.
Many places around every island sell these products, especially local businesses and more specifically those that sell organic, Hawai‘i-made items. Just ask retail employees, or even your hotel concierge, where you can find them and make sure to look at ingredients before making any purchase.
It’s easy to do your part in helping protect Hawai‘i’s beautiful coral reef ecosystem, while keeping your skin safe at the same time, with sunscreen alternatives.
The following is a list of some of the brands that create sunscreens without the two chemicals:
- All Good
- Babo Botanicals
- Banana Boat Simply Protect
- Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian
- Little Hands Hawaii
- Loving Naturals Clear Body
- Mama Kuleana Waterproof SPF 30 Reef-safe Sunscreen
- Manda Organic SPF 50 Sun Paste
- Raw Love SPF 35 All-natural Mineral Sunscreen
- Reef Safe Oxybenzone Free Biodegradable
- Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen
- Raw Elements
- Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen