Sunscreen Bans Spread
Key West joins in banning the sale of certain types of sunscreen
Photo by Steve Panariello/ Florida Keys News Bureau
Key West, Florida, recently joined Hawaii in banning the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals considered damaging to coral and other marine organisms. Hawaii’s coral reefs comprise 85 percent of those in the nation, while
Key West and the Florida Keys parallel the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S. The law in both areas goes into effect January 1, 2021. According to NPR, 70 percent of sunscreens now on the market contain oxybenzone and 8 percent contain octinoxate, including such popular brands as Neutrogena, Coppertone and Aveeno. The Pacific archipelago of Paulu was the first nation to ban sunscreens with the controversial ingredients. Parts of Mexico ban non-biodegradable sunscreen.
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.