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!"