From January 1, 2020, the Pacific nation of Palau banned the use and sale of sunscreens containing common ingredients such as oxybenzone in the country, with the aim of protecting coral reefs and fish,media reported. The President of Palau stated that the sunscreen sat damaged coral reefs, fish and oceans themselves and therefore banned residents and tourists.
The International Coral Reef Foundation says banned chemicals are known environmental pollutants that can be quite toxic to wildlife in childhood.
Known as the “diving paradise”, Palau is made up of more than 300 volcanic and coral islands, with a population of about 20,000 and hundreds of islands. Among them, the lagoon is recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2018, Palau announced a nationwide ban on sunscreens containing 10 reef-damaging ingredients, including oxycodone and oxycodone. Although sunscreens containing harmful chemicals have been slowly reduced, experts say about half of the creams and lotions contain similar ingredients.
Currently, the State of Hawaii, the Netherlands Caribbean Bonel Island, the United States Virgin Islands have announced the ban on sunscreen.