How to Know if Your Sunscreen Is Killing Coral Reefs

The next time you take a dip or wade warm tropical waters think about this — you aren’t just swimming in seawater. There may also be as many as 82,000 kinds of chemicals from personal care products that have made their way into the world’s oceans, according to a report by Marine Life, a marine conservation NGO. And one of the biggest and most permanent contributors to this massive pollution is sunscreen. In 2015, it was estimated that around 14,000 tons of sunscreen are ending up in the world’s coral reefs and causing irreparable damage.

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Hawaii lawmakers also recently passed a bill that would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing the chemicals that are contributing to the destruction of the state’s coral reefs and other ocean life.

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