Key West Weighing Oxybenzone/Octinoxate Sunscreen Ban Per Hawaii’s Example
The Florida island city could be the next jurisdiction to prohibit the sale of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens. Industry maintains that available science does not clearly link the ingredients to coral decline, with the Personal Care Products Council asking to present before the Key West City Commission at its January meeting.
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The City Commission voted 6-1 at its Feb. 5 meeting to prohibit the sale of sunscreens formulated with oxybenzone and/or octinoxate beginning Jan. 1, 2021. That same day, Florida state Senator Linda Stewart proposed similar legislation that would push the effective date up to July 1, 2019, also citing the ingredients’ suspected role in coral declines.
Lawmakers already are taking action to ban sales of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens due to signals, however inconclusive, that the ingredients pose dangers to coral health. Now a new study suggests that octocrylene could be a concern as well.
On par with 2017, the Personal Care Products Council was tracking more than 300 state bills last year with potential implications for its members, including measures ultimately enacted by California and Hawaii to deter cosmetic animal testing and ban environmentally questionable sunscreens.