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 Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

Like a fairytale, 'The Forest' plugs a void between the city and the river with a series of trees, trails, and performance spaces. Existing sculptures will remain, although Atelier Why proposes

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Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

No backyard barn job, this collection of glass animals is comprised of a series of preserve jars, wine bottles and other used glassware transformed into playful lamps. Working with wood and lac

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Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Whilst undoubtedly a luxury home that is out of reach for most people, the EHA residence in Wyoming was constructed as a low-energy home built sustainably. Almost all of the siding is comprised

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2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There

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12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

It's the 21st of December 2012, the end of a Mayan calendrical epoch that spanned 144,000 days, and according to some, humanity is expected to shift into a new era of collective consciousness.

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Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Built for just $117 per square foot, the Chasen Residence is compact, affordable and decidedly contemporary. In order to create a sense of expansiveness, the design team clustered the entryways,

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Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Propped up on stilts to keep it safe from flooding, a common technique in the region, the Lazika Municipality Building is comprised of three distinct volumes that are nonetheless interconnected.

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now

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Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

NEX Architecture beat out some serious competition to win an international competition to design the Cadogan Cafe in Chelsea. To be located near the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York Square,

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Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Located on a tight urban block, the school is one part of a larger complex, but it was primarily important to ensure that the children should feel protected. This sensibility is achieved with

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1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has deployed 1.9 million worms to turn a boatload of organic waste into fertilizer. Every day the airport housekeeping department

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home's location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

On the heels of the recent COP 18 climate conference in Qatar, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that global coal use is on the rise. Without controls to make one of the most

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Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Instead of inviting people to come to the park and sit on plastic chairs, Shell.ter encourages a whole new association - a funky pergola tunnel that is tall enough to play under. Visitors can

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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Lacking a foundation, the observation tower has a tiny footprint. This is especially appropriate for a structure designed to harness visitors' appreciation for the surrounding forest and the

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Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Go Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Go Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall has issued a vehement plea for citizens everywhere to stop buying ivory as she fears African elephants will go extinct to fuel the illegal trade. Speaking with The Guardian after

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DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

If you love wrapping and opening wrapped gifts but hate the resulting pile of wasted paper, then you might want to check out this awesome DIY post. We have compiled a list of clever ways to

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20 Glittering Green Jewelry Gifts to Give This Holiday

20 Glittering Green Jewelry Gifts to Give This Holiday

We've scoured dozens of online stores that offer sustainable, responsible and radiant jewelry and picked 20 of the best for you. From the forget-me-knot ring and starfish cuff to real sugar

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Harry Potter-esque Invisibility Cloak Could Disguise American Soldiers From Enemies

Harry Potter-esque Invisibility Cloak Could Disguise American Soldiers From Enemies

It might sound as fantastical as the Harry Potter stories that inspired the project, but a Canadian firm claims to have designed an invisibility cloak that will disguise American soldiers from

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18 Green Gifts for Earth-Loving Boys

18 Green Gifts for Earth-Loving Boys

Tired of buying boring toys from big box retailers that are loaded with nasty chemicals? Well, we've got just the thing for you. Our green gift guide for boys features no fewer than 18 fun,

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14 Handcrafted Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

14 Handcrafted Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

If you'd like to give your loved ones handmade gifts but lack the time to make them yourself, why not check out our handy gift guide featuring 14 gifts made by local and global artisans. From

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15 Great Green Gifts for the Gadget Geek in Your Life

15 Great Green Gifts for the Gadget Geek in Your Life

There was a time when only the rich could afford the latest cool eco gadgets - but now there are so many to choose from it's hard to know what's good and what's not. That's why we've put

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20 Cozy Green Knit Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

20 Cozy Green Knit Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, the holiday season involves cold weather, warm beverages, and cuddly knits to help us stay warm. To help get everyone on your list bundled up

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Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

The flexible sections of the library will include cafes, areas for children and open reading spaces. These areas will be fluid, column-free and connected by a series of stairs and ramps. And all

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan could have been avoided, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) admitted at a recent conference in Tokyo. A parliamentary inquiry found that

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Hobbiton Green Dragon Pub for Lord of the Ring Groupies Opens in New Zealand

Hobbiton Green Dragon Pub for Lord of the Ring Groupies Opens in New Zealand

Hobbiton manager Russell Alexander told Australia's Noosa News that his father was approached by Peter Jackson more than a decade ago to use their farm to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Hardford conceived the idea of a sculpture trail back in 2010 and has since implemented that vision with a host of wonderful, earth-loving installations. Using previously felled trees, one that

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Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Just days after the UN climate change conference closed in Qatar, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given government approval to fracking for natural gas in the UK. A ban prohibiting the

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