In short, chemistry is of vital importance to both our society and industry as it is involved in almost all aspects of life. For example:
- From the moment you get up, you are in contact with something that has been developed through chemistry. Toothpaste for brushing teeth or the shampoo you use has all been developed in laboratories by scientists.
- Almost everything you see and touch is composed of a chemical make-up. Even human beings have different gases and other chemical compounds in our bodies.
- A lot of the food we eat has been chemically designed. Ready meals, junk food and products such as butter have all been developed in laboratories. Even some of the vegetables or fruit you buy may have been sprayed with a repellent to deter insects.
- Within our environment, chemical reactions such as the leaves changing color in autumn are very important for the habitats of a lot of wildlife.
- Within industry, chemical reactions and experiments have allowed scientists to develop new products and experiment with ways of making existing products better. This may involve making a food product lower in fat or making a lipstick stay on for longer.
- Chemistry has allowed pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs and treatments for specific diseases and illnesses, so our healthcare also depends a lot on new innovative products produced within the field of chemistry