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Green Chemistry

Gorsen, Maureen F.

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000339540.42127.d4
Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12–16, 2008: Plenary Sessions

Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

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Every day, news reports warn us that the consumer products, children's toys, jewelry, pet food, and other common goods may be unsafe or could contain hazardous chemicals. The public assumes that the government tests products for chemical safety, but that is not true for most items. Consumers, businesses, and manufacturers often lack information about chemicals in supply chains and finished products. These information gaps prevent the free market from working properly to stimulate the development of safer substitutes. Green Chemistry is a way to make products using less toxic materials, less energy, and less waste—by design. Renewable feedstocks, recycling, sustainability, and other life-cycle attributes are incorporated into the design of new products and processes. This “cradle-to-cradle” approach of Green Chemistry means fewer hazardous substances along with improved air quality, cleaner drinking water, and a safer workplace.

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