What is Green Chemistry?
chemistry can be defined as the practice of chemical science and manufacturing
in a manner that is sustainable, safe, and non-polluting and that consumes
minimum amounts of materials and energy while producing little or no waste
- The practice of green chemistry begins with recognition that the
production, processing, use, and eventual disposal of chemical products may
cause harm when performed incorrectly.
- In accomplishing its objectives, green
chemistry and green chemical engineering may modify or totally redesign
chemical products and processes with the objective of minimizing wastes and the
use or generation of particularly dangerous materials.
- Those who practice green
chemistry recognize that they are responsible for any effects on the world that
their chemicals or chemical processes may have.
- Far from being economically
regressive and a drag on profits, green chemistry is about increasing profits
and promoting innovation while protecting human health and the environment.
Green chemistry, as first defined by Paul Anastas and John Warner in their book Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, is:
The utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products.