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By Elizabeth Grossman

Each day, headlines warn that child bottles are leaching harmful chemical compounds, nonstick pans are inflicting infertility, and plastic boxes are making us fats. What if eco-friendly chemistry may perhaps swap all that? What if instead of toxics, our economic climate ran on risk free, environmentally-friendly materials?
Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who introduced nationwide awareness to the contaminants hidden in desktops and different excessive tech electronics, now tackles the dangers of standard client items. She indicates that for the sake of comfort, potency, and non permanent safeguard, now we have created man made chemical substances that essentially swap, at a molecular point, the best way bodies paintings. the results diversity from diabetes to melanoma, reproductive and neurological disorders.
but it’s not easy to visualize lifestyles with out the creature comforts present fabrics provide—and Grossman argues we don't have to. a systematic revolution is introducing items which are “benign via design,” constructing production strategies that contemplate healthiness affects at each degree, and is developing new compounds that mimic instead of disrupt typical platforms. via interviews with best researchers, Grossman provides us a primary examine this radical transformation.
eco-friendly chemistry is simply getting underway, however it bargains wish that we will certainly create items that gain future health, the surroundings, and industry.

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Why should babies in Canada receive one kind of protection and American babies another? Why are women in Europe protected from chemical exposures that women in the United States are not, while residents of California receive more stringent protection than New Yorkers? ” Such efforts are underway all around world and, as noted, are being undertaken by some of the world’s largest chemical companies and manufacturers. The proportion of currently available synthetic materials that are wholly products of green chemistry as yet represents but a small fraction of those now in use.

We need to put the concept of ‘green’ chemistry out of business,” Warner tells me. “It should just be chemistry. ” xxxii Prologue ✣✣✣ Work on this book has made me aware of our material surroundings in a whole new way. Tracking molecules, unraveling the mysteries of their affinities and dynamics, and how they behave under different environmental conditions seems to me almost a form of anthropology or archaeology, so complex, interwoven, interdependent, and ever-evolving are their relationships.

There’s Something in the Air 17 “If we wait for comparable human data and it comes out like animal data, we aren’t going to be breeding as a species,” I was told by Patricia Hunt, Meyer Distinguished Professor at Washington State University’s School of Molecular Biosciences. “Based on what we know now, why wait to count the numbers and the adverse events. ” said Grace Egeland, Canada Research Chair in Environment, Nutrition, and Health at McGill University. “We’re at a crossroads in the choices we make today as a civilization between a bad or a really bad future,” Dave Barber, Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, told me.

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