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Green Chemistry


The gardeners who have a knack for making plants grow are said to have a “green thumb”. It is a distinctive skill that makes plants bloom and flourish, by providing a nourishing environment through enrichment of the soil with minerals and nutrients.

Green is the colour of well-nourished, healthy flora with beautiful flowers and fruits interspersed. It is sign of a prosperous, benevolent environment. Industries cause environmental imbalance due to wastes they generate, particularly in and around their immediate vicinity. Industries in general, chemical industries in particular, damage the environment by throwing out waste products, whether hazardous or harmless.

However, because we cannot go back to old, industry-free era, the best we can do is to devise methods that are efficient in utilizing raw materials, energy, equipment and other resources, and at the same time strive to prevent or minimize wastes.
The present day chemical production methods are definitely amenable for modification or change to alternative processes that would have lesser negative impact on the “green character” of the environment. The chemical activity that strives to develop environmentally benign synthetic procedures is known as “Green Chemistry”.

Twelve principles of Green Chemistry

Anastas and Warner have defined Green Chemistry as “The utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products”. They have enunciated twelve guidelines as the principles of Green Chemistry. They are listed below,

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