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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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally,

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Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

The Cumulus parasol is a solar powered parasol that inflates itself when the sun starts shining. This artificial cumulus protects you from the sun. Whenever the sun comes out, the parasol

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Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, they create lamps from 100 percent

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or

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Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Despite being incredibly remote, Fogo Island is still susceptible to human impact. The Shorefast Foundation is eager to protect both the dynamic, rough natural surroundings without disrupting

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Sealander: A Compact Caravan that Doubles as a Small Boat

Sealander: A Compact Caravan that Doubles as a Small Boat

Made with acute attention to detail, the Sealander is a "swimming caravan" made with cutting edge materials developed exclusively in Germany. It has a fully customizable interior that can be

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and

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Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen designed the Pavilion of the Rising Sun, a proposal for a large public space that gathers energy from the sun and distributes it out into the local community. The gathered energy

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to

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Incredible 1,400-Year-Old Angel Oak Tree is the Oldest East of the Mississippi

Incredible 1,400-Year-Old Angel Oak Tree is the Oldest East of the Mississippi

A Southern live oak named after the people who used to own the property on which the tree stands, Angel Oak was most likely a robust sapling more than 1,000 years before the Mayflower landed in

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Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

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Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

The monolithic three story fast food joint and fuel station seem oddly out of place in what appears to be a rather run down area of the city, even if it is emerging as a new urban center.

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7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

Check out 7 Tiny Tumbleweed Homes: Anderjack Beaven Gifford Stamper Weller Zinn Walden Anderjack The Anderjack home has 2 columns flanking either end of its entrance that are

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's

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Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Even though this crazy hoverbike hasn’t yet left the inventor's neighborhood, the high-flying invention has some amazing potential. Designed by Australian Chris Malloy the bike is capable of

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure,

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PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in Miami

PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in Miami

Blanc first popularized vertical gardens in 1988 with a green wall at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris. At Herzog & de Meuron's behest, he has since reinvented the concept with

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

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Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel has unveiled a "smart" onesie that monitors baby's health with a series of internet-connected systems, Engadget reports at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The

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Top 6 Original Photo Stories from 2013 – Vote for the Best of the Best!

Top 6 Original Photo Stories from 2013 – Vote for the Best of the Best!

Many of Inhabitat's editors and writers are also talented photographers who love to step away from their desks to see the green world through their own lens. Tafline spent time at Boneyard

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