Used in everything from the detergent that washes our clothes to the toothpaste that keeps our mouths clean, chemicals play an integral role in society.
While it’s hard to imagine life without them, if not used in a responsible way their effect on the natural world – and us – can be harmful.
The European Commission has stated that some chemicals “can severely damage our health or the environment,” while the World Health Organization has previously estimated that exposure to selected chemicals resulted in the loss of 1.6 million lives in 2016.
It’s against this backdrop that the notion of “green chemistry” comes into play. In relatively simple terms, the United States Environmental…