Palau will be the first country to ban sunscreen to protect its coral reefs. Last week, President Jr. Tommy Remengesau signed the legislation to ban the "reef-toxist" sunscreen from 2020.
The island of the western Pacific is used to preserve and protect national coral reefs. The sunscreen is defined as containing any of the 10 chemicals present in sunscreen fluids, including oxybenzone.
Mr Remengesau gave a big boost to the ban in a 2017 report, which found that sunscreen products were widespread in the Palau Meduza lake, which was closed for more than a year due to the decline in the number of medallions. Sunscreens have been confiscated from tourists in the country, while traders of forbidden products are being judged at $ 1,395.
The law also requires tour operators to start providing customers with refillable cups, straw and food containers.
"If our most famous hiking trails start with four boats per hour, [and tourists] it should cover at least one ounce sunscreen, which can be identified every three hours per gallon, "said Palau Government spokesman Olkeriil Kazuo for ABC Pacific Beat." Any day that can be three or five gallon sunscreens in the ocean and Palau's famous dive sites, snorkelling, biodiversity and coral.
"This is the polluter for the president and the administration."
Some studies have shown that sunscreen chemicals can be toxic to coral reefs, which are vital parts of the oceans' ecosystem. The critics, however, claimed that there was not enough independent study on the ban to justify the ban. Sunscreens provide important protection to people during the day.
The ban will enter into force on 1 January 2020. Meanwhile, manufacturers have begun selling "reef-friendly" sunbeds and do not contain any prohibited ingredients.
In May, Hawaii became the first US state to forbid the sale of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate,
For Australia, which is trying to restore the Great Giant Reef, there was not enough scientific study to ban sunscreen materials.
"It is still about balancing the health of our planet with human health when we know that two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer during their lifetime," said ABC, Cancha Council Australia CEO Sanchia Aranda. "If they were to prove a great deal of damage to the sea, and the TGA (Administration of Medicinal Products) regulating sunscreen and sunscreen, he believes it is harmful, we will see that we support it."