The lawmakers in Hawaii are planning to ban the sale of the Sunscreens, which are posing a threat to the coral reefs.
Majority of the sunscreen lotion contains the oxybenzone and octinoxate. These two are believed to be the contributors to coral bleaching.
David Ige is the current governor of the Hawaii state. If he sanctions the ban, it will come into force from January 2021.
It is revealed that nearly three thousand and five hundred sunscreen products contain the chemical oxybenzone. This figure is indicative of the global perspective.
The bill for imposing the ban on the Sunscreen products says, “Oxybenzone and octinoxate cause mortality in developing coral; increase coral bleaching that indicates extreme stress and cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms.”
The legislation claimed that the swimmers and beachgoers who wear oxybenzone and octinoxate rich sunscreen products are continually polluting the Hawaii waters.
In 2015, the international researchers on marine life and pollution concluded a study. It proclaimed oxybenzone as “highly toxic” to the tender corals as well as the other marine life.
In addition to the coral bleaching, the duo of the oxybenzone and the octinoxate are responsible for damaging the deoxyribonucleic acid or the DNA. It also gives rise to an abnormality in the growth of the skeleton and baby coral deformation.
The phenomenon of the coral bleaching marks its presence when the temperature elevates to a certain level higher than the average heat. The process expels the algae, which works in coalition with the coral polyps.
It will be a zest to see the fate of the sunscreen products rich in oxybenzone and octinoxate in other parts of the globe.