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Aruba Officially Bans Plastics and Oxybenzone

November 19, 2019 marked a very important day for Aruba’s future! The Parliament of Aruba has officially banned single use plastics and Oxybenzone, a chemical found in many sunscreens that contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs.

This means that any disposable, single use plastics, such as: plastic cups, straws, utensils, containers, and stirrers are now prohibited.

Starting July 2020, all import, sale and production of any single use plastics or Oxybenzone will be penalized.

The island started to take a great step in the right direction back in 2017, when single use plastic bags were banned. Now, taking it even further with this great achievement, the island can look forward to cleaner and healthier coral reefs, beaches and landscape!


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