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12 Principles Promoting Green Chemistry in Cleaning

By April 12, 2019 No Comments

The colour green is associated with healing and an ecological approach to life. Green Chemistry is a technique that uses innovative chemical technologies which reduces the usage of hazardous materials in designing, manufacturing and using of cleaning products. Using Green Chemistry in cleaning products aims to reduce the harmful effects of chemicals on our environment and on human health.

At Euca, we employ Green Chemistry in our cleaning materials to protect your loved ones today and their futures tomorrow.

Curious about how Green Chemistry came about? Here are the 12 principles of Green Chemistry outlined by two organic chemists named Paul T. Anastas and John C. Warner.

1. PREVENTION

Have you heard the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure?’
According to these organic chemists, it is better to prevent the creation of waste than to clean or treat it. Don’t create an environment filled with chemicals that could bring about harmful effects. Prevent harmful situations by using natural cleaning detergents such as Euca cleaning products?

2. ATOM

Synthetic methods should be implemented to fully incorporate all of the materials used in the process to create the final product.

3. LESS HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SYNTHESES

If it is possible, synthetic methods should contains no or with a little amount of toxicity to human’s health and the environment.

4. DESIGNED FOR SAFER CHEMICALS

Chemicals used in all products should be designed to do their desired function while minimising their toxicity to human health or the environment.

5. SAFER SOLVENTS AND AUXILIARIES

Usage of additional substances should be made unnecessary wherever it is possible.

6. ENERGY EFFICIENCY DESIGNED

The energy required to produce chemicals and their economic and environmental impacts should be acknowledged and minimised.

7. RENEWABLE RAW MATERIAL USE

Recycle raw materials whenever possible.

8. LESSEN DERIVATIVES

Unnecessary derivatives such as blocking groups should be minimised or avoided if possible, because it requires additional reagents and can generate waste.

9. CATALYSIS

If possible, catalytic reagents should be selected and should be superior to stoichiometric reagents.

10. DESIGNED FOR DEGRADATION

Chemicals should be designed for degradation so that at the end of their function, they break down into products that do not harm the environment.

11. POLLUTION PREVENTION REAL-TIME ANALYSIS

Analytical methodologies should be fully developed to allow for real-time monitoring and control before the formation of harmful substances.

12. SAFER CHEMISTRY FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Substances used in chemical process should minimise the possibilities for chemical accidents including releasing harmful gases or explosions.

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