Oxybenzone is killing corals and destroying marine biodiversity.

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 18-03-2019.

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Nature and Environment (DNM) is alerting the public of the dangers of the chemical Oxybenzone.

This chemical is found primarily in sunscreen products. It is for this reason Oxybenzone has been banned and is included in the concept law “Choose Zero”. This law is made to help educate the community of the ban of Oxybenzone containing suncreens.

The reason for the ban of Oxybenzone containing sunscreen products is the harm this chemical causes to the marine life and corals once in the ocean. The concept law includes the ban on import, sale, distribution of single use plastic products and Oxybenzone containing products.

Oxybenzone is used in plastic to filter out UV rays and as stabilizer but also as UV protector to prevent chemical reactions in sunscreen products. Oxybenzone is not only found in some plastic products but also in sunscreens, cosmetics, hairspray and nail polish.

The main use for Oxybenzone is indeed to keep harmful UV rays from damaging the skin when exposed for a prolonged period, but it also causes severe damage to the corals. Another side effect of Oxybenzone is hormonal imbalance. It is important to read the products ingredients promptly to verify if Oxybenzone is used in the sunscreen. There are also some alternatives like avoiding direct sun exposure between 10 am and 3 pm, wear long sleeves preferable cotton that covers most skin, use hats and product not containing Oxybenzone.

According to recent international scientific studies, Oxybenzone has adverse effects on corals and is even fatal for the corals. The Oxybenzone chemical reaches the ocean, rivers, lakes, streams or ponds thanks to both locals as tourists. As soon as you there is a high volume use in a concentrated area, Oxybenzone attacks the ecological functioning of the corals and affects the marine’s biodiversity. It has been proven that wherever a high concentration of Oxybenzone is present, the condition of the corals is irreversibly affected.

The main objective of the law is to serve as a preventive measure. It should help maintain our nature and environment in a healthy state for the present and future. The DNM is aiming for a higher quality of life without the use of single use plastic products and without Oxybenzone containing products.