Hawaii bans sunscreens with two coral-harming chemicals

Hawaii has officially banned reef-harming sunscreens from the archipelago.

The sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate will not be allowed in Hawaii from January 1, 2021.

Governor David Ige signed the bill that makes the State of Hawaii the first region in the world to prohibit sunscreens with toxic impacts in marine ecosystems, for example, coral bleaching.

Read more ...

McDonald's is phasing out plastic straws

McDonald's announced that its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland will put an end to plastic straws in 2019.

The American fast food company is also trialing alternatives to the single-use plastic item in Belgium and select restaurants in the United States, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia.

The decision is a response to a global online petition named "McDonald's is polluting our oceans" which was signed by 500,000 people.

Read more ...

John Van Hamersveld designs two murals for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will unveil two new murals by American artist John Van Hamersveld, in San Pedro, California.

The ocean-themed murals mounted on aluminum panels will be installed on the back of Aquarium's marquee sign and also will wrap around its gift shop.

The Aquarium, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is part of the new state-designated San Pedro Cultural Arts District due to its design by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.

Read more ...