By Elizabeth Grossman
Every day, headlines warn that child bottles are leaching risky chemical compounds, nonstick pans are inflicting infertility, and plastic bins are making us fats. What if eco-friendly chemistry may perhaps swap all that? What if instead of toxics, our economic climate ran on innocuous, environmentally-friendly materials?
Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who introduced nationwide realization to the contaminants hidden in pcs and different excessive tech electronics, now tackles the dangers of standard purchaser items. She exhibits that for the sake of comfort, potency, and non permanent safeguard, we've got created artificial chemical substances that essentially switch, at a molecular point, the way in which bodies paintings. the implications diversity from diabetes to melanoma, reproductive and neurological disorders.
but it’s challenging to visualize existence 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 through design,” constructing production procedures that examine well-being affects at each level, and is growing new compounds that mimic instead of disrupt normal structures. via interviews with major researchers, Grossman supplies us a primary examine this radical transformation.
eco-friendly chemistry is simply getting underway, however it deals wish that we will be able to certainly create items that gain overall healthiness, the surroundings, and industry.
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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry by Elizabeth Grossman