Traditionally, chemists have focused on decreasing their exposure to hazards by using engineering controls and PPE. In green chemistry the focus is on the hazard itself, we are able to eliminate or substitute it. One area of this focus is on solvents. The pharmaceutical industry produces anywhere from 25 to 100 kg of waste per 1kg of product, and most of that waste is from solvents.
- Many companies are trying to change their process by decreasing the use of solvents and also by choosing greener solvents. GlaxoSmithKline's solvent sustainability guide is one great example.
- You can determine whether or not a new process is greener than the older one by using one or more green chemistry metrics, such as the EcoScale.
- The ACS Green Chemistry Institute has many resources to make your research greener.
- Green Chemistry - Presentation Slides provided by Amy Cannon of Beyond Benign
12 principles of green chemistry