Green chemistry is an important and growing field, but its adoption often comes with key misconceptions, writes James Clark of the University of York in the U.K. Chief among those is the idea that hazardous and non-bio-based chemicals must be immediately discarded. "There is a tendency for chemical users to demand that all 'relisted' chemicals be immediately replaced, but we must be careful that we don't make matters worse through hasty and ill-conceived substitution," Clark writes.

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