Protecting reefs by banning sunscreen

The Pacific island of Palau is soon to introduce a ban on sunscreen in an attempt to protect its coral reefs. The ban which is due to become law in 2020 will restrict the sale and use of sunscreens that contain any of 10 different chemicals that are toxic to marine life.

Skin care products (including sunscreens) containing the following chemicals are affected by the ban:

  • oxybenxone
  • octinoxate
  • octocrylene
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor
  • triclosan
  • methyl paraben
  • ethyl paraben
  • butyl paraben
  • benzyl paraben
  • phenoxyethanol

Palau is no stranger to implementing new enviromental protection measures as it previously led a project to conserve 30% of near shore coastal waters in 2005, and announced the creation of the worlds first shark sanctuary in 2009 that protects around 600,000 square kilometres of ocean.

The full article from the BBC can be found here …. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46046064

Coral reef in Palau

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