Sustainability in the Future of Chemistry
In the last 30 years there has been an emergence of green chemistry and green engineering sustainable practices pressuring chemical companies to design eco-friendly products and processes. These chemical companies have shifted their resources to producing advanced bio-fuels, bio-based products, catalysis, renewable chemicals and waste transformation from conventional products that often leave pollutants behind. The societal demand for products such as biodegradable plastics, safer feedstock and more sustainable paints, coatings and solvents has increase in recent years, and it is estimate that the green chemistry industry will rise from $11 billion in 2015 to nearly $100 billion in 2020. The innovation of green technologies and shift to become more sustainable has paved ways for the bio-composite industry to have a prominent future in supplying people with effective eco-friendly best practices, products and processes. This shift has put natural products such as hemp in the cross-hairs of the manufacturing industry.