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Do Not Bring and Use Sunscreen Harmful to Corals into the National Park

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

National Parks of Thailand has issued a post on Facebook asking for cooperation of tourists. It is forbidden to bring and use sunscreen products containing chemicals that are harmful to corals into the national parks, such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, 4-Methylbenzylid Camphor and Butylparaben. If any person violates it, they are guilty of Article 20 and 47 of the National Parks Act B.E. 2018 shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand baht.

By allowing tourists to choose sunscreen products that do not harm the coral And use only mineral-based sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, which won't dissolve in water and safely settle to the seafloor. Should choose a waterproof sunscreen (Water resistant) because during the water will fall off less than conventional sunscreens. Wear hats, long-sleeved shirts and use an umbrella to help reduce the need for large amounts of sunscreen.

According to research, up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen used by tourists are washed into coral reefs every year. sea There's also a lot of contaminated creams and cosmetics coming out of the drains. while washing the body flowing into the sea The chemicals mixed in sunscreens deteriorate corals. because it kills coral larvae interferes with the reproductive system and cause coral bleaching.

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