Green Chemistry News
- Watch a biodegradable chemical clean up spilt oil.
The new creation may make sucking up the toxic substance safer for the environment.
- Lignin nanoparticles use silver to beat the pulp out of bacteria.
Chemical engineering helps researchers develop a greener version of nanosilver.
- 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
Annual awards recognize chemical innovations that prevent pollution and promote sustainability.
- Improving toxicity testing for better decision-making.
Let’s help Congress, and the public, understand and accept the practice and promise of modern chemical testing to improve TSCA now and to improve life for the future.
- How government, business and labor can better protect workers.
Major reform would take an act of Congress, but improvements are possible now.
Green Chemistry Drivers
- Drugging the environment.
From sewage plants and landfills, drugs make their way into streams, rivers, lakes, seawater, and even into drinking water. Currently, however, the EPA does not regulate even a single human pharmaceutical in drinking water.
- The search for sustainable plastics.
As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials.
- EU countries agree textile chemical ban.
EU member states have agreed to ban a toxic substance widely found in clothing because it poses an “unacceptable risk” to the environment. Countries unanimously voted in favour of extending existing restrictions on nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) to imports of clothing and other textile products.
- Chemical combo captures and destroys micropollutants in water.
Scientists have developed a way to catch micropollutants before they escape wastewater treatment plants at low concentrations.
- Are chemical dangers hiding in your home?
From detergents to food packaging, common household items may be exposing you and your family to chemical health hazards. Endocrine disrupting chemicals can be found in pesticides, personal care products, electronics, antibacterials, textiles, and clothing.