HONOLULU (KHON2) — The County of Maui’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division is working on transitioning to mineral-based sunscreen products that are safe for our environment.

EP&S said they are working with suppliers and businesses to help transition to safer products for the island.

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According to EP&S, only sunscreens with ingredients containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will be approved for sales, distribution, or for use without a prescription.

While seeing damage to marine life DNA, coral bleaching and even a significant reduction within the fish population, EP&S is seeing the negative impacts that chemical sunscreen can leave.

In a scientific paper by the Journal of Hazardous Materials reported that water runoff from showers at the beach carried a high concentration of chemicals from sunscreen that damages our marine life and ecosystem.

Some businesses have already started providing only mineral-based sunscreens.

This ordinance (5306) will begin on October 1, 2022.

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You can visit Maui County’s website for more information about this ordinance.