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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The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

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Win a Sustainable Cassia Weekender Bag from Canopy Verde

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

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Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

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Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

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Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US

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