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Five products you didn't know were harming the environment


Research suggests sunscreen could contribute to coral bleaching

Palau has become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in order to protect its vulnerable coral reefs - but for many consumers this may be the first they have heard of the product's harmful effects.

Researchers believe 10 chemical ingredients found in sunscreen are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.

But sunscreen is far from the only household product having an adverse effect on the natural world.

Here are five others you may not have been aware of...

READ THE FIVE HERE

Also see: Pacific island to ban some sun creams in a bid to save its coral reefs

Contact lenses contributing to the microplastic pollution of our waterways

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