WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2009 — Move over, white Christmas, and make way for a “green” holiday. Here are a few tips that can make the holiday season more environmentally friendly, courtesy of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. The Institute works to foster the discovery and design of chemical products and processes that eliminate generation and use of hazardous substances.
“Generations of moms and grandmas have been advising us to save the gift wrap on those precious packages that go under the Christmas tree and are exchanged when the Hanukah candles are lit,” noted Robert Peoples, Ph.D. He directs the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. “Ideas like ‘sustainability’ and ‘reducing your carbon footprint’ might not have been in vogue in those days,” Peoples added. “But grandma’s was urging ‘recycle and reuse’ and that’s an excellent way to reduce your own personal carbon footprint and nudge society a little further toward sustainability.”
Other tips from the ACS and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®:
Here’s to a cleaner, greener Holiday Season and 2010 from the 154,000 global members of the ACS! For more information about green chemistry, please visit www.acs.org/greenchemistry.