Ethyl Acetate is considered to be one of the chemicals that has the least negative environmental impact. Due to its low environmental impact, it is also popularly denoted as a ‘Green Solvent’. Solvents are widely recognized to be of great environmental concern. These concerns arise in three areas: the source and synthesis of the solvent itself; its properties in use, including accidental discharge; and finally disposal. The reduction of their use is one of the most important aims of green chemistry. The principal reason why solvents are of great environmental concern is that they are used in vast quantities. It is normal in chemicals production for the solvent to be used in large excess in comparison with the reactants and products. It has been estimated that at least half of the material used in the production of a pharmaceutical is solvents. In addition to this, the appropriate selection of solvent for a process can greatly improve the sustainability of a chemical production process.
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