“Green Chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the
use and generation of hazardous substances” as defined by the American Chemical Society.
Green chemistry recently has been highlighted worldwide due to concerns of environmental
problems such as the appearance of organic pollutants, the polluting of waters from
agricultural practices, and the changing of climate, just to name a few. To recognize the
problems many Chemists are now turning to green chemistry during testing and experimentation.
It offers several advantages. One it is environmentally friendly. Also, clean-up of both
chemical reactants and products are simple. In the educational laboratory setting during green
chemistry experiments materials are often safer for a large number of students in a single lab.
And often times concepts can be related to the level of student’s understanding or grade level.
Advantages of Green Chemistry Experiments
- Environmentally friendly
- Simple clean-up of waste products and chemicals
- Materials are more safe for large volume student use
- Concepts students can easily relate to