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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Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Using sustainably-farmed timber panels that are laminated in European factories, BAKOKO proposes to apply robotic devices to the task of cutting the 3 by 16.5 meter panels to CAD drawing

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Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil

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PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

Quite like Masdar's own terracotta buildings, the new Siemens building has been designed with an absolute commitment to sustainability. Using passive design and state of the art materials, the

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PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons -

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The Silo is an Upscale Loft Apartment Built into a 1940′s Grain Silo in Texas

The Silo is an Upscale Loft Apartment Built into a 1940′s Grain Silo in Texas

The owners of the Gruene Homestead Inn purchased the 1940s grain silo from their neighbors in 2007 and proceeded to give it a personal work over. The interior was converted into a loft apartment

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Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Stock image of wind turbine blades, Shutterstock A public private partnership between UK government and oil companies has pledged £15.5 million to develop enormous wind turbines with blades

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In

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A Giant Yellow Giraffe Livens Up the Net Zero Giraffe Childcare Center in France

A Giant Yellow Giraffe Livens Up the Net Zero Giraffe Childcare Center in France

The 1,450 square meter Giraffe Childcare Center is located in a dense area in the suburbs of Paris. The childcare center has 60 beds while the nursery has 20. There are three tiers, all with

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Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Especially concerned to have the smallest environmental impact possible, the design team ensured that most of the site's existing vegetation was left untouched. The double story home has a

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Obama Administration to Scrutinize Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan

Obama Administration to Scrutinize Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan

Anti-Arctic oil drilling campaigners sighed with relief yesterday as Shell's Kulluk oil rig (which ran aground in Alaska with some 140,000 gallons of diesel on board) was safely towed away. The

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Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

In Denmark, the law states that milk can only be labeled organic if the cows that produced it have spent at least 150 days at pasture. We're not certain whether these cows are able to roam free

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Shell’s Damaged Oil Rig in Alaska Gets a Caravan Tow

Shell’s Damaged Oil Rig in Alaska Gets a Caravan Tow

Now afloat, Shell's oil vessel that ran aground in Alaska on new year's eve is being towed caravan style to a nearby island for inspection. Seattle's tug Aiviq and seven other ships are towing

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Amazing Tetra Brik Pavilion Made with 45,000 Milk Cartons Wins Guinness World Record

Amazing Tetra Brik Pavilion Made with 45,000 Milk Cartons Wins Guinness World Record

In order to raise awareness of recycling efforts, the design team devised a method of turning ordinary tetra brik milk cartons into LEGO-esque building materials. Using clamps to link the

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Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Google no longer has a monopoly on driverless vehicles. Lexus has unveiled a sneak preview of its luxury LS model equipped with proprietary Intelligent Transport Systems technology, including an

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Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Bush fires are raging through five out of six Australian states due to record heat and dry conditions. Over the weekend, flames flattened whole townships in the island state of Tasmania, where

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Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

The cotton industry consumes a pile of water and emits significant greenhouse gases, but new research reveals that growing cotton in Africa exacts a smaller ecological price. Cotton Made in

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Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

A division of MidAmerican Energy controlled by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, MidAmerican Renewables has purchased the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) from Silicon Valley

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Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

In accordance with planning regulations and the rich local vernacular, PLASMA Studio gave the Dolomitenblick apartment complex a sloping pitched roof and clad the whole thing in larch and

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LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

How is it possible to ensure that a home this large has a gentle environmental impact? Studio One shows us how with the charming Greenland Residence. Reached by a long private drive and

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English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

Farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference told The Guardian that raising genetically modified food crops will make them more resilient to the effects of climate change. 2012 was the wettest year

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the

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HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

Katho Catholic Academy appears to be on a mission to make education fun, ecological and private with their intriguing modular student housing experiment. Each bedroom and toilet unit plugs in to

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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with

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Snow Made With Treated Wastewater Covers Ski Slopes in Arizona

Snow Made With Treated Wastewater Covers Ski Slopes in Arizona

A ski resort in Arizona has been angling to use artificial snow to bolster its slopes for the last seven years, but a slew of legal issues has prevented them from doing so - until now. After the

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4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

Used Christmas Trees, Shutterstock Did you know that the Christmas time tradition of adorning an evergreen tree with ornaments dates back to Latvia in 1510 when the first decorated tree was

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami struck in

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