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    Default Palau Bans Toxic Sunscreen In World First

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    In a world first, the Pacific nation of Palau has banned sunscreen containing chemicals that are "incredibly toxic" to its coral reefs.

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    • The ban covers ingredients found in sunscreen which can be toxic to wildlife species, including corals
    • The legislation is part of a much wider attempt by the Government to protect its environment
    • Palau has already banned chemical sunscreens from Jellyfish Lake, a popular tourist destination


    The legislation to ban certain sunscreens and skin-care products came into effect on January 1 and is part of Palau's new Responsible Tourism Education Act.
    Stores selling prohibited sunscreen could face fines of up to US$1,000 ($1,387), and bottles will be confiscated from tourists upon entry into the country

    Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-...first/11836628

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    Default Re: Palau Bans Toxic Sunscreen In World First

    So, if sunscreen chemicals are toxic to coral reefs and wildlife, I can only imagine how toxic they must be to humans. We fail to understand that everything we put on our skin (cosmetics, lotions, softeners, etc.) is absorbed to some extent by our bodies.

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    Default Re: Palau Bans Toxic Sunscreen In World First

    The environmental working group (ewg.org) has excellent information on the relative toxicity/safety of sunscreens. I can understand their use by Australians, where the sun is more powerful than it is in North America. For the rest of us, sensible exposure to sun is beneficial to our vitamin D. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a modest tan!
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