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Don't pack this when you go to Hawaii

It's the slop of the Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign of the 80s (the Wrap! was added when it was already too late for those of us with our now scorched retinas). But in saving ourselves are we doing damage to the very things we travel to see?



An ingredient in sunscreen is speeding up the bleaching of our coral reefs, scientists have found. And in response, the powers that be in Hawaii are calling for sunscreens that contain that ingredient (oxybenzone for you science nerds) to be banned from sale across the US state, local source Khon 2 reported.


But what does that mean for tourists to the Hawaiian islands? If the bill passes, sudden sunscreen checks at airports are unlikely. The ban would possibly just result in the ban of the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone.


The proposed bill does prompt one to consider what impact our travel habits are having on the world we are exploring. So maybe next time you slip on the sunscreen to protect your skin, opt for a reliable natural sunscreen and save our reefs at the same time.




Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 17 February 2017

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