There is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants -- among them synthetic chemicals in consumer products -- have a profound effect on human health.
Elizabeth Grossman, author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry, illustrates the potential for green chemistry to revolutionize the materials we make, how they're used, and the possible benefits to our health and environment.
Kerry Curtis is a professor emeritus at Golden Gate University and a member of the board of the Commonwealth Club of California.
Elizabeth Grossman is the author of Watershed: The Undamming of America, Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail and co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion.
Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nation, Orion, The Seattle Times, and the Washington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
The simplest solution to avoid pollutants, says Chasing Molecules author Elizabeth Grossman, is to not create "hazardous waste in the first place." She explains this is the key principle of practicing green chemistry, and a radical departure from traditional industrial chemistry practices.