Synthetic organic chemistry and the environment
Everything has an effect on the environment. The effects are either positive or negative. In most cases, the effects are mainly dependent on how we use and dispose the product
The compounds formed in synthetic organic chemistry follow the same logic. While some of us are capable of using most things and cause minimum changes in the environment, some of us can’t. It is therefore important for us to know the environmental risks that can arise from poor usage and disposal.
Synthetic organic chemistry is responsible for the production of a number of things among them plastics, polythene papers, bio energy, some drugs and pesticides among others. We all agree that we ought to thank synthetic organic chemistry because these thing are basically essentials. Poor disposal of these products may cause the following negativities to the environment
Contamination of water bodies
pesticides and pharmaceutical products should not be disposed near or in water bodies. This is because they will be dissolved in water and may be harmful to the water life and to the animals and people who may consume that water. This products are best disposed by burying them deep into the ground to make sure the rain doesn’t wash them into our water bodies. This way, we can protect water and the life it supports.
Interfere with soil fertility
plastics and polythene take a long time to decompose or do not decompose at all. This interferes with the cycle of soil fertility that is dependent on decomposition and absorption. It is therefore wise to recycle these products and reduce the chances that they end up in our soil
If we all heed to this simple instruction, synthetic organic chemistry will be optimally beneficial to us as its products will not cause any negativities. That will be the ultimate mark of development.