What Is Sustainable Chemistry?
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) defines sustainable chemistry as:
“Sustainable chemistry … seeks to improve the efficiency with which natural resources are used to meet human needs for chemical products and services. Sustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes.
Sustainable chemistry … stimulates innovation across all sectors to design and discover new chemicals, production processes, and product stewardship practices that will provide increased performance and increased value while meeting the goals of protecting and enhancing human health and the environment.”
“Sustainable chemistry … seeks to improve the efficiency with which natural resources are used to meet human needs for chemical products and services.”
Essentially, 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.