If you’ve ever eaten with a corn-based plastic fork, or taken a ride in a late model Ford car or truck with soy-based foam seats, or read your local newspaper printed with soybean-based inks (if you still have a local newspaper), you’ve come into contact with Green Chemistry! Green Chemistry is the idea that we can design things to be safer and healthier for people and the environment before those chemicals or materials become products.

It seems like common sense, but it wasn’t until Paul Anastas and John Warner, considered the “fathers” of Green Chemistry, created the 12 principles of Green Chemistry that chemists systemized a way of thinking about greening the synthesis of molecules.

For an introduction to Green Chemistry watch this video from beyond benign.

By focusing on the design of a chemical, process or product up front, Green Chemistry can prevent all kinds of problems down the road, from consumer and occupational exposure to toxic disposal. It can also save energy and reduce reliance on non-renewable resources. To learn more from national and international Green Chemistry experts, visit our webinar series.

Michigan businesses are already developing new innovative greener and better performing products, and consumers are increasingly demanding these products. Green Chemistry is becoming an important part of economic development strategies that see business opportunitiesin our move to a greener economy.

Most importantly, Green Chemistry ls already protecting public and environmental health.