Palau Becomes the First Nation to Ban Harmful Sun Creams

Palau Becomes the First Nation to Ban Harmful Sun Creams

The Pacific Nation of Palau has become the first nation to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and ocean life. From Wednesday, Sun cream that includes common ingredients, including oxybenzone, isn’t permitted to be worn or sold in the nation.

Palau’s President Tommy Remengesau stated that Living beings need to live and regard nature because the earth is the nest of life. The island nation markets itself as a “paradise” for divers.

A lagoon in Palau’s Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. The nation has a population of around 20,000 dotted crosswise over several islands.

The ban – which was declared in 2018 – disallows sun cream containing any of 10 ingredients. The list includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, which absorbs ultraviolet light.

The amount of sun creams containing unsafe synthetic content is reducing. In 2018, specialists said it was found in about part of creams and lotions.

Different regions to announce bans include the US Virgin Islands – where the law gets affected in March – and the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

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