Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that prohibits the sale of sunscreens that are believed to be harmful to our ocean, including coral reefs. This will make Hawaii the first U.S. state to enact such a ban, which would take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. In the bill it states "These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals.”
The measure bans the sale and distribution of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Hawaii is an island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, and the perfect place to set the golden standard for the world to follow. This will make a huge difference in protecting our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.
Since 2014, we’ve been making reef-safe organic sunscreen. Our motivation stemmed from our founders’ need for a safe and effective water-resistant sunscreen for surfing. We’re dedicated to protecting our environment through both our formula and our packaging. Our cocoa and vanilla facesticks are safe for our reefs and made of only four natural and organic ingredients. We’re also protecting our environment by reducing plastic. Our packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
Hawaii is blazing the trails and we hope other states will follow. Mahalo Hawaii.