Palau became the first country to ban sun cream

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

01st Jan, 2020. 11:17 am
Palau

The pacific nation of Palau has banned the use of sun cream, as it is hazardous to corals and sea life.

Palau has become the first country to ban the use and selling of sun cream.

The sale and usage of sun cream containing ingredients such as oxybenzone will be prohibited from Wednesday.

Palau’s President Tommy Remengesau has explained that the decision has been taken to protect the environment.

He said, “We have to live and respect the environment because the environment is the nest of life.”

The Island nation declares itself as a “pristine paradise” for divers.

A bay in Palau’s Rock Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The country is blessed with hundreds of Islands and has a population of around 20,000 people.

The decision was announced in 2018. The country has announced the ban of 10 chemicals including octinoxate and oxybenbone. It is because these chemicals absorb ultraviolet light.

The international Coral Reef Foundation said that the banned ingredients are known as environmental pollutants. Especially, they are dangerous to juvenile stages of several wildlife stages.

President Tommy Remengesau said to a news agency, “When science tells us that practice is damaging the coral reefs, to fish populations, or to the ocean itself, our people take note and our visitors do too.”

“Toxic sunscreen chemicals have found throughout Palau’s critical habitats, and in the tissues of our most famous creatures. “

“We don’t mind being the first nation to ban these chemicals, and we will do our part to spread the world.”

The number of sunscreens is decreasing in the state.

Note that other states such as Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, and the Dutch island of Bonaire.

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