Sunscreens banned to protect Coral Reefs
The Republic of Palau has become the first country in the world to ban sunscreens containing substances that have been linked to the damage of coral reefs and other sea life.
The country has banned sunscreens that contain 10 substances, including oxybenzone, octocrylene, octinoxate, four parabens and triclosan.
Oxybenzone is a commonly used UV filter that has been shown to be highly toxic to marine life, including making corals more susceptible to coral bleaching and impacting the development of fish. It is also suspected to disrupt the body’s sensitive hormone system.
Parabens and triclosan are used as antimicrobial preservatives in sunscreens, as well as other products such as liquid soap and shampoo. Triclosan and some parabens are known to have hormone disrupting properties.
The ban prohibits the sale and use of sunscreens containing these substances for all residents and all visitors. It is part of Palau’s efforts to protect their environment, which includes a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A number of other places have announced similar bans, including the US State of Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, and the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.
Read more about the ban here: https://www.icriforum.org/…/republic-palau-bans-sunscreen-c…
See the World Health Organisation website for advice on staying safe in the sun: https://www.who.int/uv/sun_protection/en/