By  on May 3, 2018

Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill banning two chemicals commonly found in sunscreen on Tuesday. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. David Ige and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemical ingredients found in most over-the-counter sunscreen, are said to have harmful effects on coral reefs and other marine organisms. According to the legislature, the chemicals “degrade corals’ resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals.”

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