Palau is the first country in the world to ban the use of sun cream which damages coral reefs and other sea life. Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Philippines, has banned the use of sun cream i.e. one can neither apply sunscreen lotion nor is it sold in the shops as it contains common components such as oxybenzone which harms the sea creatures as the country is surrounded by the ocean on all borders.
The sunscreens carried by the tourists will be seized, when entering Palau and shops which sell it could be fined of up to USD 1,000. The International Coral Reef Foundation said that the banned chemicals are identified as environmental pollutants and that most of them are incredibly toxic to juvenile stages of many wildlife sea species.
Toxic sunscreen chemicals have been found throughout Palau’s critical habitats and in the tissues of the most famous sea creatures. The tourism industry is one of Palau’s largest income generators as Palau is particularly famous for diving.
Palau, which has a population of approximately 20,000 spread across hundreds of islands, became the second nation globally to approve the Paris Climate Agreement.