Sept. 15-21 is Pollution Prevention Week, and we’re taking the week to explore some of the ways Ecology is working to keep our air clean, our waters pure, and our communities safe from toxic chemicals.
|Liberty Bottleworks CEO Tim Andis |
inside the Union Gap factory.
The plant creates zero waste,
and their aluminum sports bottles
use a non-toxic coating instead of BPA.
If you’re not a chemist or a student facing a midterm, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about chemistry. But chemistry isn’t just something that happens in a lab filled with Bunsen burners and beakers. Almost everything in the world, after all, is made out of chemicals, and nearly everything we buy or build involves chemistry in some way.
Green chemistry seeks to prevent pollution in the design stage by creating chemicals and processes that are safer, healthier, and more sustainable. Green chemistry is all about innovation.
Green chemistry in action
Tim Andis, Liberty’s co-founder, isn’t a chemist, but he investigated potential alternatives and found a powder coating that used a food-grade polyester. It’s been a successful formula: In the last three years, Liberty has sold more than one million bottles.
|Jesus Larios, powder coat specialist and |
waste management manager for Liberty,
inspecting water bottles.
Northwest Green Chemistry Roundtable: Oct. 28, Tacoma
On Oct. 28, the Safer Chemistry Challenge and Northwest Green Chemistry will join forces for Northwest Green Chemistry Roundtable 2014 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. This conference will explore the latest advances in green chemistry. At lunch, the Safer Chemistry Challenge will honor Safer Chemistry Champions, businesses and organizations that are leaders in green chemistry, reducing hazardous chemicals, and sustainability.
- Learn more about Green Chemistry at Ecology and Pollution Prevention Week.
- Contact Ecology's Pollution Prevention staff to receive assistance for your business.
- Read success stories from Ecology's Pollution Prevention work.