12 Principles of Green Chemistry poster—learn how to minimize your lab's environmental footprint.
From the discovery of penicillin to the invention of crop fertilizers, innovations from the chemical industry have drastically improved our quality of life. Now chemists are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of chemical processes on the environment and our health.
The Importance of Green Chemistry
Chemists use green chemistry to design safer chemical products and processes. Green chemistry covers the entire lifecycle of a chemical, from production, use, and disposal.
The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry were developed in the late 1990s by American chemists Paul Anastas and John Warner. They provide the scientific community with a framework to make chemical processes greener and safer. Following these guidelines in your lab can help you minimize your environmental footprint.
A great thing about these principles is that they can be implemented anywhere from small labs to large industrial operations. You can download and print this poster to remind you and your colleagues to prioritize sustainability in your lab.