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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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

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Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

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