Greening the School Science Lab

Introduction 

For over 40 years, Flinn Scientific has embraced a consistent philosophy regarding the use of chemicals in science labs: “Chemicals in any form can be safely stored, handled or used if the physical, chemical, and hazardous properties are fully understood and the necessary precautions, including the use of proper safeguards and personal protective equipment, are observed.” We still believe this philosophy is appropriate.

With negative attention focused on “problem” chemicals, the idea of “green chemistry” may seem like an oxymoron. Green chemistry, however, is real, and it carries a positive message about chemistry and science. Green Chemistry calls for the design of chemical products and processes that will reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. How can instructors and schools benefit from the principles of green chemistry and the knowledge gained through its success?

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