PGreen Chemistry Questions

See the discussion of focus areas and the principles of green chemistry in the Introduction before attempting these questions.

1. The formation of polylactic acid (PLA) from biomass developed by Nature Works LLC won a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

(a) Into which of the three focus areas for these awards does this award best fit?

(b) List three of the twelve principles of green chemistry that are addressed by the green chemistry developed by Nature Works LLC.

2. What are the environmental advantages of using PLA in place of petroleum-based polymers?

3. Why does the use of biodegradable polymers (to replace petroleum-based polymers) not offer complete solutions to energy and environmental problems?

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