Are Chemicals Really Bad for the Environment?

We need to think about chemicals in a more nuanced way

By Fred Elabed

Chemicals are an essential component of the manufactured and natural world. So why have chemicals developed such a bad reputation that businesses try to advertise their products as being chemical-free? Articles aren't frequently written to share how chemicals improve our lives and the environment but instead contain headlines reading "Pollution!" "Toxic!" "Oil Spills!" and "Dangerous!"

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