Ingredients: It's easy being green

In the first part of his article on green chemistry, John Woodruff looks into products and processes that reduce the use and generation of hazardous substances

What is green chemistry? Green chemistry, also called sustainable chemistry, is a philosophy of chemical research and engineering that encourages the design of products and processes that minimise the use and generation of hazardous substances[1]. Green chemistry seeks to reduce the impact of chemistry on the environment by preventing pollution at its source and using fewer natural resources. A monthly journal entitled Green Chemistry is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and it covers subjects related to reducing the environmental impact of chemical substances and fuels by developing alternative and sustainable technologies that are non-toxic to living things and the environment, including:

  • improved production methods, formulations and delivery systems including solvents

  • biotechnology alternatives

  • environmentally friendly process engineering

  • the use of sustainable resources.

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