According to EPA – Green chemistry ( also known as sustainable chemistry) is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle, including the design, manufacture, and use of a chemical product.
Green chemistry is a highly effective approach to pollution prevention because it applies innovative scientific solutions to real-world environmental situations.
Green chemistry technologies provide a number of benefits, including:
- Reduced waste, eliminating costly end-of-the-pipe treatments.
- Safer products.
- Reduced use of energy and resources.
- Improved competitiveness of chemical manufacturers and their customers.
[ Source – http://www.epa.gov/gcc/ ]