Hawaii’s Sunscreen Ban Takes Effect

It’s been nearly 3 years since Hawaii became the first state in the nation to ban certain types of sunscreens. While signed into law by Governor David Ige in 2018, the ban did not start until January 1, 2021.

The ban singles out 2 chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients are believed to contribute to coral bleaching, a phenomenon that is wreaking havoc on Hawaii’s fragile underwater ecosystem.

“Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life. Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the earth can have lasting impacts. This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii’s coral reefs,” said Gov. Ige.

Sale, Offer of Sale, and Distribution

The law pertains to the sale of sunscreen using the banned chemicals.

This will make the sunscreen selection at the corner ABC Store look very different than during your last trip to the Islands. Mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will dominate the shelves.

Sunscreens brought in by vacationers are not restricted by the legislation, so don’t worry about a “Sunscreen Checkpoint” at the airport when you land in Hawaii. But, the state is asking that you do your best to only use reef-safe sunscreens while you vacation. 

Be ready for the beach before you even leave by packing your own sunscreen from our selection of Hawaii-friendly products.