Tafline Laylin

 

After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.

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26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

Bear in mind that Chris started working on his home back in the 1980s, which may seem like the dark ages to our younger readers, but puts into perspective the fact that he had access to a

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a

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VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing vitamin C

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic

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How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

Ms. Hess says the tree draws scores of tourists, especially on the weekends. "I once met some people who traveled all the way from Alabama to Indiana just to spot the tree on top of the roof,"

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5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

1. World's 14th Worst Air Polluter In their report Toxic Release Inventory, the Political Economy Research Institute finds that Koch Industries, which is 84 percent owned by Charles G. and

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the

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Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

1. Food This is an obvious one, but conscientious and green-minded consumers won't want to settle for any old food on the road. Unless you plan ahead, you'll end up eating at Starbucks and

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful protected territories in the United States, the 111.2-square-mile glacially-carved Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore boasts incredible splendor: long,

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Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

The South Napa earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday has cracked open new fears among state residents that "the big one" is imminent. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was the largest

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene,

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised

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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal,

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Playful Caravan Beds Make Sleepy Time More Fun for Hyperactive Kids

Playful Caravan Beds Make Sleepy Time More Fun for Hyperactive Kids

Do you have a child who hates going to sleep at night? These wonderful caravan beds might help. Belgian designer Mathy by Bols designs playful minirooms that make sleepy time more fun - like

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Luminous 6-Foot HB Lamp Rewrites the Humble Pencil

Luminous 6-Foot HB Lamp Rewrites the Humble Pencil

There's hardly any object more recognizable than the humble HB pencil, and now a London-based studio has rewritten its function with this wonderful lamp. Created by husband and wife team Michael

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Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

http://vimeo.com/user2175840/httpwwwvimeocomplasticparadisemovie Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a

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System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered "corona discharge" ozone generator that

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And

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Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage - literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

If you're in the market for a new sofa but don't feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool,

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate

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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Natural Homes and Living in the Future are distributing Charlie's petition to save his low-impact eco-home and we're joining them. Remember the extraordinary hobbit house Simon Dale built for

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Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Unlike large American RVs, the Tonke camper is handmade in a small workshop and can be separated from the van so that it's unnecessary to tow an additional vehicle. This also affords extra

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