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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Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

The bank occupies an oblique corner site in a very visible part of Jackson, Wyoming. Its bold and sweeping curvilinear form is accentuated by natural building materials such as stone and a

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Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

The first thing to notice about the Home Office on display in Buenos Aires is the curious mossy carpet at the onset of the floating timber platform that accommodates a large conference table. In

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The Newsroom Actress Olivia Munn Unveils Despicable Video of Chinese Fur Farm

The Newsroom Actress Olivia Munn Unveils Despicable Video of Chinese Fur Farm

We sincerely doubt that any of our earth-conscious readers would wear fur, but we urge you to take a look at this despicable video footage of a fur farm in China so you can convince anyone who

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134-year-old British Sea Fort Given New Life as a Luxury Island Resort

134-year-old British Sea Fort Given New Life as a Luxury Island Resort

The old fort doesn't look like much from afar as much of the original crude infrastructure has remained intact. Don't worry, it's stalwart and safe, but the owners added a few classy finishings

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of

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Green-Roofed Casa Cabeço Rises From the Hills Like a Giant Pumpkin Patch in Portugal

Green-Roofed Casa Cabeço Rises From the Hills Like a Giant Pumpkin Patch in Portugal

Whilst a north-facing plot should have provided ideal lighting conditions, MSB Arquitectos opened the home to the south as well to ensure that plenty of natural light would penetrate all areas

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China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

Image: © John E. Williamson Not long after reports of China's unearthly pollution dominated headline news, the Ministry of Finance has published plans to tax carbon emissions. The idea of a

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, but now many of the world's art museums are filled with trash. Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou's

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth,

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Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Vinz89 / Shutterstock A new CSIRO study released last week reveals that the Australian landscape soaked up one third of the country's fossil-fueled carbon emissions over the last two decades.

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Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Captured by South African photographer Dillon Marsh, these fantastic photographs depict the many designs employed by sociable weavers to build sturdy nests that are safe from intruders such as

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Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

After clearing the small plot of land adjacent to the hospital, van Baarsen and van Hoeckel livened the space up with some recycled materials turned into an inspiring pseudo hospital. In

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Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Photopixel / Shutterstock Scientists working on a project to slow down the relentless flooding that has swamped Jakarta since mid January say that cloud seeding is getting the job done.

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Organic, Vegan Baba Ghanoush The Whole Family Will Love (Recipe)

Organic, Vegan Baba Ghanoush The Whole Family Will Love (Recipe)

THE INGREDIENTS 6 small or 3 large organic eggplants 1 fresh-squeezed lemon 2 cloves of crushed organic garlic (or just one for those who aren't evading vampires) 2 Tbsp organic tahini

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Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Image YouTube/Андрей Борисович Королев via Slate A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on Friday morning, causing a sonic boom and injuring more than 900 people.

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SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

The Saint-Gratien nursery is separated into three different sections that each correspond to a different age group. Its prefabricated metal shell creates a materially-efficient structure that is

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Gorgeous Hybrid Home Keeps its Cool With Honeycomb Clay Walls and a Green Roof in Spain

Gorgeous Hybrid Home Keeps its Cool With Honeycomb Clay Walls and a Green Roof in Spain

"The energetic efficiency of the proposal and its landscape integration are two major considerations for the constructive solution of the project," F451 Arquitectura told Dezeen. Therefore,

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Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses

Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses

studiogi / Shutterstock England's farming minister admitted that eight horses slaughtered in the UK tested positive for phenylbutazone, a pain killer for horses that can be very dangerous to

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby

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Drinking Coca-Cola Killed New Zealand Mom, Coroner Concludes

Drinking Coca-Cola Killed New Zealand Mom, Coroner Concludes

Liv friis-larsen / Shutterstock A 31-year-old mother from New Zealand died three years ago from drinking too much Coca-Cola, a coroner has found. Natasha Harris was addicted to the beverage,

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with

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Top Gear Bravely Tests World’s Smallest Car on England’s Hectic A3 Highway

Top Gear Bravely Tests World’s Smallest Car on England’s Hectic A3 Highway

Jeremy Clarkson takes the world's smallest car for a terrifying test drive on England's busy A3 highway in this hilarious Top Gear episode. Built with a four wheel, all-terrain drive train, the

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Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Image of mafia guy smoking, Shutterstock The horse meat scandal in the UK and Europe has taken a new turn since it has emerged that food contaminated with equine DNA may be linked to

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Incredibly Useful Guide Lists the Pros and Cons of Six Cow Milk Alternatives

Incredibly Useful Guide Lists the Pros and Cons of Six Cow Milk Alternatives

Have you been waiting to remove cow milk from your diet because you don't where to start with some of the alternatives available on the market? If so, you might find this handy guide incredibly

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John Patrick Hits NY Fashion Week With Recycled Cashmere and Other Eco Fabulous Materials

John Patrick Hits NY Fashion Week With Recycled Cashmere and Other Eco Fabulous Materials

John Patrick hit New York Fashion Week with Organic's Fall/Winter 2013 collection made with some exciting new sustainable fabrics. Inspired by his beginnings in New York's East Village, the

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Vaute’s All-Vegan Fashion Line Premiers at New York Fashion Week

Vaute’s All-Vegan Fashion Line Premiers at New York Fashion Week

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart's all-vegan fashion line Vaute made its first debut at New York Fashion Week with a host of new designs that sizzled on the runaway. A clothing line that animal rights

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain.

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Massive Storm Could Dump Historic Levels of Snow in the Northeast United States

Massive Storm Could Dump Historic Levels of Snow in the Northeast United States

Manhattan during 2010 snow storm, Shutterstock Municipalities from New York to Maine are preparing for what some experts say might be a historic storm that could dump record levels of snow in

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and

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