Greening Conservation Practice
Greening conservation practice involves utilising less environmentally destructive chemicals, materials and methods in conservation. These include prioritising water-based cleaning systems; solvents with reduced toxicity such as alcohols (methanol, ethanol) and alkanes (heptane, hexane); reusable or recycled tools and packaging; glass instead of single-use plastic; and replacing disposal towels and blotters with washable towels or flannels. New methods involving cleaning with microemulsion, ionic liquids, lasers and gels are also part of greening conservation practice. (AM April 2019)
• De Silva, M & Henderson, J 2011, ‘Sustainability in conservation practice’, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 5-15.
Reviews the move towards sustainable practice in the museum sector and advocates actions for conservators to increase their environmental sustainability in the form of benchmarks.