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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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally,

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the

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New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

We should be thankful for our oceans. In addition to providing us with food and recreation and a host of other services, they absorb up to one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a

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Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

For the roughly 10 percent of the world's population who have dyslexia, reading can be a real chore. Standard fonts are deliberately made to look alike -- the 'b' flips around as a 'd' and 'n'

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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

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XploreAir Paravelo: World’s First Flying Bicycle Lifts Off the Ground

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

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What Food Do We Throw Away the Most? (Infographic)

How many times have you bought a bunch of bananas only to have them go brown in a matter of days? And how many times have you thrown away wilted salad? Kitchen designer Noel Dempsey sent over

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil

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INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

Have you ever considered an alternative education model for your child or children? One that values self-motivation, play, and plenty of time in nature? If you have, maybe Montessori will

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival

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Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google’s New Super-headquarters in London

Located in Renzo Piano's Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden, the new super headquarters feature a series of indoor and outdoor workspaces, a gymnasium and dance studio, along with

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Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Just four years before the 1979 Islamic revolution, Nader Khalili abandoned his career building fancy high rises and other conventional structures and set off into the desert of Iran on 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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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

The mobile Dome of Visions greenhouse studio and temporary cultural center has set off on a two-year tour of Denmark and its first stop until May is at Copenhagen harbor. Squeezed between Noma

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6 Reasons Everyone Should Have One of These Awesome $15 Solar d.light Lanterns

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the

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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 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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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

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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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