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Hawaii moves to ban Avobenzone

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

If you are visiting Hawaiian islands, remember to pack a mineral-based reef safe sunscreen. Beginning January 1, 2023 it will be unlawful in Hawaii to sell or distribute avobenzone and/or octocrylene.

This ban builds upon the previous 2018 legislation (SB2571) which prohibited the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean.

You can read the law here.

This is great news both for you and for Hawaii's coral reefs and marine life. Research has shown that these petrochemicals disrupt human hormones and have toxic impacts on coral and marine life. Avobenzone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene are what is known as 'endocrine disruptors' which reduce coral resilience against the high ocean temperatures that are killing corals worldwide through global warming.

Coral Sure Sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen which does not contain harmful petrochemicals. Our formula utilizes non-nano technology to create a formula with moisturizing qualities derived from responsibly sourced organic ingredients. It is broad spectrum SPF 35, water resistant (40 minutes), and free from harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, and parabens.

With amazing natural humectants, skin loving emollients, and antioxidants, Coral Sure Sunscreen can be used in place of your regular moisturizer, or even over it. And since it is harmless to the environment, coral and marine life, it's great to use every day as part of your regular skin care regime to protect the whole family.


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