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Palau first country to ban sunscreen to protect Coral Reefs

Posted on : 07 Jan 2020

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  • The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life.
  • Sun cream that includes common ingredients, including oxybenzone, is not allowed to be worn or sold in the country.
  • The island nation markets itself as a "pristine paradise" for divers.
  • A lagoon in Palau's Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. The country has a population of around 20,000 dotted across hundreds of islands.
  • The ban - which was announced in 2018 - prohibits sun cream containing any of 10 ingredients. The list includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, which absorb ultraviolet light.
  • The International Coral Reef Foundation said the banned chemicals were "known environmental pollutants - most of them are incredibly toxic to juvenile stages of many wildlife species".
  • When the US state of Hawaii announced a similar ban - which comes into effect in 2021 - major brands were quick to say their products were "reef bill compliant".
  • Other places to announce bans include the US Virgin Islands - where the law takes effect in March - and the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

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