Environmental Health & Safety Scientist

Gwen Lynn

Gwen Lynn is an environmental health and safety scientist who provides environmental and safety consulting and monitors air, land and water resources. She is also the founder of In A Green Minute, who creates podcasts and informational videos on environmental progressiveness and green technology.

Collaborated Articles

  • 10 Best Books on Climate Change in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    10 Best Books on Climate Change in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    From shrinking ice caps to extreme weather events, it's clear that Earth's climate is changing. As global warming becomes an increasingly politicized topic, it can be hard to figure out what's actually happening behind the headlines. Add to that climate change's enormous scale, its vast history, and its wide-ranging future impacts, and it's no wonder that it can feel overwhelming. If you're looking for somewhere to start, there are lots of books on climate change that range from educational to inspiring.We put together a list of our 10 favorite books that explore climate change, its history, and its effects. At the top of our list is Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, which takes a look at mass extinctions in history and how human actions contribute to the destruction of species. See the rest of our list below and check out our buying guide for tips on how to choose a book that fits your interests and reading style.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Solar Light Batteries in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    10 Best Solar Light Batteries in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Have you noticed your solar lights aren't staying on through the night or coming on at all? It may be time to replace your batteries! But if you're not sure what type of batteries you might need, we've done the research for you to make shopping that much easier.For starters, our 10 best list can give you some ideas. Our number one pick, Brightown NiMH AA rechargeable batteries are high-capacity and stand up to cold weather. We've got nine other great options to check out, and if you need more in-depth information on how to choose rechargeable batteries, check out our buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist. Learn how to determine if you need to replace your batteries and what to consider!
    Outdoor
  • 10 Best Biodegradable Baby Wipes in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    10 Best Biodegradable Baby Wipes in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Baby wipes provide the convenience of a disposable, but their damaging effects on the environment are indisputable. For environmentally-conscious parents, switching to biodegradable wipes is an excellent choice to reduce their carbon footprint. Crafted from plant-based materials, these wipes are also gentle on your baby's delicate skin and less likely to trigger allergic reactions. Eco by Naty's Compostable Wipes took the top prize in our list of favorites! Made from 95 percent plant-based ingredients, their wipes help moisturize and soften your baby's skin. Plus, they are certified by various international standards, so you can rest assured of their biodegradability. Continue reading to find out what other baby wipes made the cut in our top 10 list and to find tips for choosing the right product for yourself in our buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist. 
    Kids and baby
  • 6 Best Biodegradable Dish Soaps in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    6 Best Biodegradable Dish Soaps in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    If you're in pursuit of eco-friendly cleaning products, then you definitely want to replace your chemical-ridden dish soaps with biodegradable ones. Unlike regular products, biodegradable dish soaps are often crafted with plant-based ingredients that are non-toxic and pose fewer threats to the ecosystem. They are also gentle on the skin and less likely to trigger allergic reactions. After comparing multiple products online, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Dish Soap won the grand prize in our list of favorites. Formulated with plant-based ingredients that have strong cleansing powers, it can effectively eliminate all of the grime and grease on your dishes. Curious to know what other products made the cut in our 6 best list? Keep reading! We also compiled a buying guide at the end reviewed by an environmental scientist to give you some tips for choosing the right product for yourself. 
    Household goods
  • 6 Best Portable Solar Chargers in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    6 Best Portable Solar Chargers in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Going camping and in need of a reliable power source? Gone are the days when solar panels were limited to rooftops because you can now hang portable ones on your backpack, giving you a steady power output for devices even when you don't have access to an electrical outlet. That's why we've searched for the best portable solar chargers and created a 6 best list of them. Our favorite was BigBlue's 28W Solar Charger, which releases up to 28 watts of power and can conveniently fold up for easy carrying. Read on for five other great options and our buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist, which explains what you need to look for when shopping for one of these handy devices on your own.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
  • 9 Best Reusable Produce Bags in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    9 Best Reusable Produce Bags in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Tired of flimsy single-use plastic produce bags? Reusable produce bags are a great eco-friendly alternative with even more benefits! Made from either cotton or synthetic polymer, they are sturdy and breathable, come in different convenient sizes, and keep your produce fresh and crisp. Plus, they can help streamline your grocery shopping and storage routine. In our list of favorites, Qinline's biodegradable reusable produce bags took the top prize because of the convenient assorted sizes and materials, their sturdiness and strength, and tare labels.  Continue reading to find out what other reusable bags made the cut in our top 9 list and check out our buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist to find tips for choosing bags that will protect both your produce and the planet. 
    Household goods
  • 8 Best Reusable Straws in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    8 Best Reusable Straws in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Do you ever get guilty looking at how much plastics overwhelm the oceans? With a simple switch to reusable straws, you can do your part in minimizing waste. But you may not be sure which ones to choose with so many options. So, we've done the research and looked for the best reusable straws in the market, because the alternative should also be convenient and functional. We loved Bambaw's bamboo straws, for example, because it's made from a sustainable material and can be used for a wide variety of beverages. Read on for seven more options to consider, plus a buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist to help you choose the best reusable straws. 
    Food and drinks
  • 7 Best Eco-Friendly Sponges in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    7 Best Eco-Friendly Sponges in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    When consciously cutting down on plastics and making more Earth-friendly choices, it’s important to analyze even the small things. Plastics have a way of sneaking into even the most benign-sounding items. Sponges, for example, are named after an animal, but most of our cleaning sponges are actually made up of plastics.Luckily there are a number of options that are just as good at cleaning and infinitely better for the environment than typical plastic-based sponges. We've researched and gathered the most eco-friendly ones we could find in our list, including our top choice, Miw Piw's Whole Natural Loofah. Read the rest of our list for more choices, and scroll down to the end for a buying guide reviewed by an environmental scientist for more shopping tips.
    Household goods
  • 9 Best Eco-Friendly Toilet Papers in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    9 Best Eco-Friendly Toilet Papers in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    It’s crazy to think about how many natural resources we go through on a daily basis. It can sometimes feel like we’re literally flushing trees down the toilet because, well, we are. Toilet paper is one of the most unnecessary uses of a resource that takes over 30 years to grow. But it doesn’t have to be that way.There are quite a number of eco-friendly, tree-free toilet papers available now. The only issue is finding the right one. In this guide reviewed by an environmental scientist, we’ll go over the factors you should consider when choosing the right eco-friendly toilet paper for you. At the end, we also have a list of our 9 favorites to help you get started, including our top choice by Green Forest.
    Household goods
  • 8 Best Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    8 Best Eco-Friendly All-Purpose Cleaners in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    We’ve long been fed this idea that cleaning our homes has to be an almost dangerous endeavor, that toxic chemicals are necessary to kill all the germs that could be lurking around. But that’s simply not true, and toxic cleaners aren’t just bad for bacteria, they’re harmful to us and the environment, too.Luckily, there is an increasing number of eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners that get the job done just as well. But if you’re new to the world of eco-friendly cleaners, it can be hard to know where to start. In this guide reviewed by an environmental scientist, we’ll talk about the main factors to consider when choosing the best cleaner for you. We’ve also got a list of our 8 favorites to help you begin your search.
    Household goods
  • 8 Best Eco-Friendly Mops in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    8 Best Eco-Friendly Mops in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Mops aren’t really something that you think of as eco-friendly or not–after all, you can use the same mop for years at a time. But when making a conscious effort to make your home more environmentally friendly, it’s important to think about all areas of your life, especially when it’s time to replace old items.In this guide reviewed by an environmental scientist, we’ll talk about what exactly makes a mop more or less eco-friendly, as well as the factors you should look for when deciding what works best for your situation. We’ve also got a list of our 8 favorites to help you to start your search, including our top pick, Mayshine's Microfiber Hardwood Floor Mop!
    Household goods
  • 10 Best Reusable Pads in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    10 Best Reusable Pads in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

    Having a period can be pretty messy. On top of the cramps and mood swings, it’s frustrating to know that you spend so much money on chemical-laden pads every month only for it to go straight into a landfill! Luckily, there’s been a resurgence in reusable pads that are better for you, your wallet, and the environment.But just like disposable pads, there are dozens of brands of reusable pads, and it can be hard to figure out what will work for you. In this article, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started, including Highoh.'s Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pads! And at the end, we’ll go over the different factors to look at when making your choice in our buying guide reviewed by a environmental health and safety scientist.
    Household goods
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