UPDATE**What about sunscreen containing oxybenzone ? Would you use it when in the ocean? Is it harmful to coral? Are there reasonable alternatives? Should there be legislative action?

For years some segments in the Maui community have stated sunscreen is harming our coral reef system. Have they been right all along?

UPDATE  5/23/17  See Maui Now recent article for more information

  http://mauinow.com/2017/05/19/reefs-at-risk-the-effects-of-sunscreen-on-hawai%ca%bbis-reefs/ 

#kihei 4/18/17  Our conclusion concerning this issue: the prudent action is to follow the precautionary principal. Don’t use a suspicious product unless it is proven harmless, as there are reasonable alternatives.

First and foremost, use a SPF appropriate long sleeve rashguard. That immediately eliminates need for sunscreen protection for a large part of the body. Then for face and legs choose protection that does not contain oxybenzone. There are plenty of them, but you have to look, but just once. Once you find one, no more checking fine print.

But you do have to really look, not accept sales induced claims that product is “reef safe.” Who says it is?

After several bills in the 2017 State Legislature died, two unfortunately because Maui Rep McKelvey would not allow hearings in his committee, there is one remaining, SB 1150, and that merely would require UH to do a study, and yet business interests even object to that?

What does that tell you?

For related posts from last year, SEE

http://gokihei.org/?s=oxybenzone&submit=Search

 

Oxybenzone Free Sunscreens Better but still not reef safe ban toxic sunscreens Hawaii
 
If you’d like to send a note to Hawai’i legislators supporting restrictions of oxybenzone and toxic chemical sunscreen ingredients in Hawai’i, do it this week! Write to reps@capitol.hawaii.gov & sens@capitol.hawaii.gov  Learn more at bantoxicsunscreens.com.
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2 Responses to “UPDATE**What about sunscreen containing oxybenzone ? Would you use it when in the ocean? Is it harmful to coral? Are there reasonable alternatives? Should there be legislative action?”

  1. Ud ge takes money from Altria (tobacco), Monsanto,R J REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO and so forth, he is not too worried about people’s health. Why would he care about the environment. I would bet that one of these donors has connections to a sunscreen company:

    https://www.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=12999399

    Time for a fresh candidate…

  2. Sorry what is Ud ge?