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Lather Up with Reef-Friendly Sunscreen in Hawaii

December 18th, 2019 Culture
Lather Up with Reef-Friendly Sunscreen in Hawaii

Your suitcase is packed with your best island wear, your itinerary set. You even have the quart-size toiletry bag to get through TSA. And sunblock? Before you buy, you’ll want to educate yourself on why reef-friendly sunscreen is best for The Aloha State.

The Hawaiian islands have over 400,000 acres of living reef in the main islands alone. For perspective, that’s more acreage than Oahu’s landmass! Chemicals in many sunblocks are considered dangerous to the corals, so in 2018, Hawaii passed a bill banning the sale of such sunscreen.


Harmful sunscreens are typically defined by two main ingredients: oxybenzone and octinoxate. The Ocean Conservancy explains that the chemicals strip corals of their natural defenses, making them more susceptible to damage. The islands are exposed to over 6,000 tons of sunscreen lotion every year, carried on the backs of beachgoers.

Luckily, mineral-based sunscreen use is on the rise.

The bill doesn’t go into effect in 2021, but shops around the island are taking note. Mineral-based sunscreen can be found in shops across Honolulu. In fact, reef-friendly sunscreen is typically available poolside at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki.

When you shop, a good rule of thumb is to avoid sunscreen that contains oxybenzone, also known as benzophenone-3 or BP-3. Even sunscreens that say “reef-friendly” or “biodegradable” may contain this chemical, so read the fine print! Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are not known to cause damage to coral, so lotions with these ingredients are regarded as safe to use.

For some mineral-based-sunscreen recommendations, Raw Elements, All Good, Totlogic, Blue Lizard, and Jason Mineral were listed by the Environmental Working Group. See more approved sunscreens here.

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