Green Chemistry and Sustainability

  • David J. C. ConstableEmail author
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


The idea of preparing industrial and commercial products from bio-based and renewable materials is not a new one. Humans have relied on agriculture for food, clothing, and shelter throughout human history. In the 1930s, United States saw a resurgence of interest in producing a greater number of industrial and commercial products from agricultural sources, although this interest did not survive much past the end of the Second World War and the growth of the petrochemical industry. In recent years, there has been another resurgence of interest in obtaining chemical feedstocks from bio-based and renewable resources. This is largely a result of society being confronted by the inherent lack of renewability of petroleum and some of the large environmental impacts such as global climate change that are associated with petroleum, especially for transportation fuels. Turning these bio-based and renewable feedstocks into chemicals should be undertaken in a more sustainable way than what is currently being practiced in the chemical manufacturing enterprise. Sustainable and green chemistry are a way of thinking about and practicing chemistry and should be a hallmark of the transition to a bio-based, renewable and sustainable chemical manufacturing enterprise.


Green chemistry Sustainable chemistry Green engineering Bio-based Renewable 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Chemical Society, Green Chemistry InstituteWashingtonUSA

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