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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Swirling LED Lights Kick Off the Holiday Season in the Streets of Madrid

Swirling LED Lights Kick Off the Holiday Season in the Streets of Madrid

Several celebrated artists and other creatives will brighten up Madrid's festive season this year, but Sapey was responsible for transforming Serrano Street - one of the city's lease charismatic

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Sweden's passive house standards call for buildings that use no more than 45,0 kWh/sqm each year, but the Kollaskolan will only consume 38,0 kHw/sqm annually, which is achieved with a variety of

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COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

COP18: Rich Nations Must Compensate Poorer Ones for “Loss and Damage” Resulting From Climate Change

The conversation at the COP18 climate change talks in Doha have taken on an urgency unseen in previous meetings, and this time the buzz is most heard among developing nations most likely to get

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Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Anybody planning to sneak genetically modified seeds into Peru should think twice - the country has just launched a historic ban on GMOs. Following a long struggle by the last administration's

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Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front

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OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

By leaving the existing building alone, Arroyo has dramatically reduced the project's carbon footprint, and it cost just one third of what a new build would have required. The cloud shell

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A Fish Named Obama – to Honor the President

A Fish Named Obama – to Honor the President

Etheostoma obama, a new species described by Mayden and Layman. Copyright: Joseph R. Tomelleri There's nothing fishy about naming a new species of fish after the President of the United

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World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

Singapore's new S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark features a host of exhibits, including a large rainbow reef for snorkeling, a manta ray feeding station and the world's largest

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Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Plastic pollution on Bicaz Lake in Romania for illustrative purposes only, Shutterstock Swirling plastic pools as large as countries have long collected in our oceans, but now researchers

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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne's busiest railway station, Dougherty

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Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Usually wood is dried and treated before it is used to build a home, but not so with the Caretaker's House by Invisible Studio. By felling the wood on site and putting it to use immediately, the

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Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

We have featured Zittel's work on our site before, but she is still relatively unknown in the design world. That will change though, especially since receiving the Frederick Kiesler Prize. In

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COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

COP18: U.S. Cites Fracking as Effective Contribution to Emissions Cuts

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock A spokesperson for the United States at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar cited the country’s investments in

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is

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Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

The walls and roof of the //hapo museum are clad in copper sheets that will weather with time and harmonize with the surrounding landscape. Situated on an ecologically-important quartzite ridge,

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Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Located near the Hantai River 800 kilometers outside of Beijing, the 30,000 square meter Lotus Hotel is comprised of a series of prefabricated steel elements that are fixed in the fluid sands,

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Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

When flood waters inundate schools - sometimes for up to four months a year - the small solar-powered boats are activated as a substitute. The boats, which each have a capacity of roughly 30

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Striking Green-Roofed Rieteiland-Oost Island House Built With Sustainable Timber

Striking Green-Roofed Rieteiland-Oost Island House Built With Sustainable Timber

In addition to using only sustainable timber (and a whole lot of it for framing, external shutters that control solar gain, a beautiful spiral staircase, as well as decking), Egeon Architecten

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Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

The sprawling sports center is partially tucked into a hillside and topped with a massive green roof that allows it to blend into the surrounding park - a mainstay for outdoor recreation. This

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Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Constructed on an east-west axis in Vermont's verdant Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House was commissioned by a professional couple who wanted a home office and a strong connection to the

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Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

SAMVS open modular houses make a great solution for low income housing programs given their fast construction time, simple materials, modularity and overall efficiency. Comprised of modules that

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Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Nobody makes renewable energy look as beautiful or curious as Caleb Charland. A professional photographer whose work is displayed in collections throughout the globe, Charland has been working

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My Eco Home by LG Allows Green Facebook Users to Design a Virtual Dream Home

My Eco Home by LG Allows Green Facebook Users to Design a Virtual Dream Home

If you dream about designing your own home but want to experiment with some baby steps before committing to a huge project, you'll want to check out My Eco Home by LG Electronics (LG). This fun,

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Siemens’ Lean New 6.0 MW Turbina Sapiens Wind Turbine Uses 50% Less Parts Than Competitors

Siemens’ Lean New 6.0 MW Turbina Sapiens Wind Turbine Uses 50% Less Parts Than Competitors

Offshore wind turbines sometimes get a bad rap: they're heavy, require too much maintenance and they're expensive, but Siemens has overcome these obstacles with Turbina Sapiens, a brand new 6.0

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core

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“Story of Stuff” Urges Shoppers to Stick With Family on Black Friday

“Story of Stuff” Urges Shoppers to Stick With Family on Black Friday

Anything is better than waking up before the crack of dawn to stand in line with thousands of possessed shoppers on Black Friday, according to the folks from the Story of Stuff. And to

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O*GE’s Giant and Cozy Birdsnest Bed is Ideal for Kids and Adults

O*GE’s Giant and Cozy Birdsnest Bed is Ideal for Kids and Adults

Box-framed beds are boring compared to these wonderful birdsnest beds designed by O*GE Creative Group. Designed to inspire new ideas, the circular beds come in three different sizes with the

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Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal

Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal

Oporto and Berlin-based design collective Moradavaga recently built Swing - an awesome low tech energy-generating public art installation in Portugal. Simply by swinging on the swings made with

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