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  • Chemical footprinting.
    Corporate chemicals management policies have traditionally revolved around compliance with government regulations—making sure certain chemicals don’t exist in products over a mandated threshold. But simply being in compliance may not be enough.
  • Hydrogel could green up fracking.
    Expandable hydraulic fluid could cut water and chemical additives used in fracking, but journal editors debate its “greenness”.

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • Cleaning up leather processing.
    Turning animal hides into leather creates wastewater tainted by carcinogenic metals. Now, researchers have developed a leather processing approach that replaces water with a deep eutectic solvent, a combination of a solid anion and a solid cation that produces a salt in a liquid state.
  • Plastics, tiny penises and human evolution.
    Could endocrine disrupting chemicals be affecting our species’ evolution? The short answer is, yes. EDCs and some other pollutants affect reproduction directly in lab animals and wildlife, and similar patterns of changing fertility do seem to be happening in humans.
  • California demands warning labels for BPA.
    California has added bisphenol A (BPA) to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals linked to health concerns, despite opposition from the chemical industry. Products containing any of the 800 chemicals on the list require warning labels in that state.