Over 350 people attended Hawai’i Farmers Union United’s 8th Annual Convention at Oko’a Farms in Kula. Maui Mayor, Alan Arakawa and and Governor David Ige addressed the Convention. Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the State Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee, attended all three days, speaking several times.
- HFUU - November 3, 2018
- The Hill - August 17, 2018
The use of non-animal tests to assure consumer safety has followed an upward trajectory for at least the last 20 years and that trend has accelerated as countries around the world move to prohibit the use of animal tests for cosmetics. The most significant boost to this trend is the closing of the European market to animal tested cosmetics which came into force in March of 2013.
- Worry over environmental damage is being pitted against public health concernsScientific American - August 15, 2018
Climate change, in general, is a bad thing. But for sunscreen manufacturers, there’s opportunity in a warmer planet—though maybe not one that’s always environmentally friendly.
Over the last several years, U.S. sunscreen sales have risen steadily, bolstered in part by skin cancer concerns. One industry estimate found that over-the-counter sun care sales had grown from roughly $1.16 billion in 2014 to nearly $1.23 billion in 2017. Other research published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology noted a related increase in sunscreen unit sales from 2011 to 2016.
- AGPRO - July 30, 2018
On July 30, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released its comprehensive risk assessment of chlorpyrifos. Per that document, a scientific panel has recommended chlorpyrifos be listed as a toxic air contaminant (TAC). Now, the state’s department has 10 working days to officially begin the process to list chlorpyrifos as a TAC.
As defined in California, a TAC is “an air pollutant which may cause or contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious illness, or which may pose a present or potential hazard to human health.”
- West Hawaii Today -July 22, 2018
KAILUA-KONA — The 10th annual Mango Festival held Saturday at Hale Halawai was about more than just the mango or the dozens of varieties that grow throughout Hawaii.
It was, for many at this weekend’s festival, a way to promote a way of eating that is both sustainable and supports local farmers.
“You can act responsibly and sustainably to take care of the land, take care of yourself and, most of all, to be an example of what it is to live in paradise,” said Randyl Rupar, president of Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens, the nonprofit that put on the event.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - July 18, 2018
The plastic straw is an easy target for environmental change. Because it’s largely unnecessary — and because of the need to cut waste that ends up in the ocean, of course — more than a dozen cities, including Seattle and several in California, have recently either banned it or are requiring eatery customers who want a straw to ask for it.
Hawaii’s Legislature and was one of three that this year weighed straw measures. While legislation in California and New York is pending, it has stalled here. Still, the push should continue.
- West Hawaii Today -July 16, 2018
KAILUA-KONA — Macadamia nuts number among Hawaii’s most important and lucrative agricultural exports, and 2017-18 was a banner year.
The state’s utilized macadamia nut production jumped 17 percent year-over-year to 49 million pounds, the highest mark in six years, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
- The Garden Island - July 8, 2018
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has issued the first licenses to growers under the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
In June, three industrial hemp licenses were issued to Raymond Maki of Kilauea, 10 acres, and Gail Baber and Thomas Pace, both of Hawaii Island, 10 acres each.
Each license is valid for two years as long as the licensee complies with the program rules, including submission of annual fees of $250 plus a $2 per acre assessment. The time from planting to harvest is estimated to be anywhere from three to six months.
- San Francisco Chronicle - July 7, 2018
That long-awaited Hawaii vacation just got a little more complicated for Californians and other tropical holiday lovers who slather sunscreen on their pale skin between dips in the aqua blue water.
The state of Hawaii will ban two chemicals commonly used in sunscreens starting in 2021, a move that will force visitors from more temperate climes like San Francisco to begin using products that don’t harm the environment.
- Maui Surfer Girls - June 21, 2018
Hawaii lawmakers passed bill SB2571 in May, prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are used in more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products. Research shows that these chemicals are a threat to coral reefs, marine life, and human health.
This first-in-the-world bill is currently awaiting Governor Ige’s signature, and is set to take effect on January 1, 2021.
- The first state in the nation to take this initiative, Hawaii's new bill will ban the sale of reef-damaging sunscreen in 2021.Hawaii Magazine - July 3, 2018
Governor David Ige has signed the long-awaited bill that will not allow sunscreen that is deemed toxic for coral reefs to be sold in the state of Hawaii. Senate Bill 2571, initially proposed by Senator Mike Gabbard, seeks to prohibit the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals that have been scientifically proven to induce coral bleaching, harm and even kill young coral larvae.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - July 1, 2018
Our flight from Los Angeles was four hours late, and, as the lights of Honolulu came into view, my husband and I weren’t interested in the free mai tais, but did welcome something new.
“Reef-friendly sunscreen?” asked the smiling flight attendant, handing out samples.
“Reef safe,” Don read from the label. “Water-resistant 80 minutes — good idea!”
- “This bill is a small first step worldwide to really caring about our corals,” Gov. David Ige (D) said.HuffPost - July 4, 2018
Hawaii just took a big step to safeguard the state’s stunning coral reefs.
Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill on Tuesday banning almost all sunscreens that contain certain chemicals that damage coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. The legislation, which state lawmakers passed in May, prohibits the sale and distribution of nonprescribed sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which can be lethal for coral larvae.
- Newstalk ZB - July 4, 2018
The man behind Hawaii's new sunscreen ban doubts it will put tourists off visiting the state.
Hawaii state senator, Mike Gabbard has introduced a law banning many popular sunscreen products, containing chemicals that harm coral reefs.
Gabbard told Tim Dower he is sure tourists will be willing to slip, slop, slap with mineral sunscreens instead.
"Obviously, with tourism being our economic engine here, we are not saying 'hey tourist, we don't want you to come here anymore, don't wear your sunscreen' there's plenty of sunscreens that are out there now."
- Mic - July 3, 2018
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed a statewide bill banning the purchase and distribution of sunscreens that damage coral reefs, making Hawaii the first state to do so.
- Observer - July 3, 2018
There are few better places to spend a holiday at in the middle of a scorching heat wave than a beach. And, as doctors and dermatologists tirelessly warn, it’s crucial to put on enough sunscreen before you go out. Stock up while you can, because new legislation in Hawaii may soon take your favorite sunscreen brands off store shelves.
Today, Hawaii Governor David Ige is expected to sign a bill passed in May that bans skincare companies from selling sunscreens that contain two chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs.
- The Washington Post - July 2, 2018
From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands will soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii.
State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. The bill is opposed by various companies and business associations and even some dermatologists, who worry that the ban may discourage people from wearing sunscreen at all.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - July 1, 2018
Hard on the heels of banning plastic bags, states and cities are being pressed by environmentalists to eliminate another consumer convenience — plastic straws. But objections from the plastics industry, restaurants and disability advocates have derailed or delayed some proposed straw bans.
And experts say cutting down on single-use plastic may be more about changing habits than changing laws.
Three states — California, Hawaii and New York — have considered plastic straw legislation in 2018. Hawaii’s died, and the other two are still pending.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - June 14, 2018
Hawaii became the first state in the country to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a chemical that has been linked to disruptions in the brain development of babies and young children, with Gov. David Ige signing the measure into law on Wednesday.
The new law also achieves goals that local environmental groups have spent years fighting for, including a ban on pesticide spraying within 100 feet of schools during instructional hours and increased reporting requirements for restricted-use pesticides that are deployed in large quantities.
- Some critics complain the utility isn’t moving fast enough to wean the state off fossil fuels, but HECO says it’s met every deadline.Honolulu Civil Beat - May 24, 2018
When Hawaii utility regulators approved a program to let condo residents buy energy from off-site solar farms in December, it seemed a major part of the state’s population was poised to be able to reduce their electric bills and go green when it came to powering their homes.
Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries were supposed to submit a plan to fill in the details within 60 days. After that, it seemed, developers could start building small solar farms from which condo dwellers and renters could buy energy.