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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14 Green Gifts for Big Kids

14 Green Gifts for Big Kids

Even the greenest kids want gift action during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you have to buy them junk from Walmart. We've collected a list of 14 green gifts that will cheer up your

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14 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts for Eco-Friendly People

14 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts for Eco-Friendly People

In the old days we all used to put time and effort into making special gifts for the people we love, that is before the world changed and left most of us with little time to spare. Luckily there

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15 Cozy Knit Gifts for Earth Lovers

15 Cozy Knit Gifts for Earth Lovers

Everybody loves receiving cozy mittens, caps and other knit gifts, but the environmentalists in your life will be especially pleased if theirs have been purchased from people who source only the

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Thank You Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Rest in Peace

Thank You Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Rest in Peace

When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated in Pretoria on 10 May, 1994, I distinctly remember wondering what would happen to South Africa, where I spent my childhood. By then, I was

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14 Great Green Gifts for the Ladies

14 Great Green Gifts for the Ladies

Looking for the perfect green gift for that awesome lady in your life? We have compiled a list of 14 gifts from classy clutches made from the recycled linings of juice boxes to recycled wine

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PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

Although Boneyard Studios promotes community and shared amenities, each of the four tiny homes is different - a reflection, perhaps, of their owners' individual personalities. Jay Austin

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources

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Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

While some of our readers may prefer a more rustic touch, many modern greenies don't want to sacrifice style and comfort for their environmental sensibilities. In which case, the Mehrzeller is

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Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

Green-Roofed InSite House Features Crazy Thick Walls Stuffed with Blue Jean Insulation at the Solar Decathlon

The five points of InSiteful design include: create a walkable community, provide ample social space, centralize energy systems to reduce waste and enhance efficiency, engage the street and use

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system.

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WILDshorts Explores Wilderness Through 18 Beautiful Short Films in Salamanca, Spain

WILDshorts Explores Wilderness Through 18 Beautiful Short Films in Salamanca, Spain

The term "wilderness" has a different connotation for each Earthly observer: for some, nothing is as wild as lions ripping meat off their kill, while for others it doesn't get wilder than a trek

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung

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Spooky Halloween Seed Bombs from Renaissance Botanical Sprout Fresh Herbs

Spooky Halloween Seed Bombs from Renaissance Botanical Sprout Fresh Herbs

It's almost October, which means you'll start seeing enough pumpkins and Halloween decorations to turn an entire village orange. This year, instead of handing out chocolate and other sugary

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Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Two major components of this design set it apart from similar solar decathlon entries this year: the liquid-cooled rooftop PV array and a clever Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics Wall

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy

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Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Constructed with glass fiber reinforced plastic, a strong but lightweight material, the Micro House is easily moved around by anyone, and it was deliberately sized to fit into a shipping

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the

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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array

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EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

Spirulina was a healthy green snack that the Incas used to enjoy, and now the edible algae is grown on Bangkok rooftops as a nutritious alternative to meat protein. EnerGaia representatives told

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well. While this lower pH

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Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

The King's Park educational facility was designed primarily to educate children about sustainability, but its applicable for adults too and the building hosts the occasional public presentation.

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Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß has used digital printing to map out seed placement for an 11.5 hectacre piece of land in Germany. Operating on the premise that precision farming is the way of the future, and

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Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

The Easehouse features two toilets of different sizes - one for children and one for adults. This height differentiation is achieved with a diagonal step in between the two. The folded down roof

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KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

A team of Korean researchers just unveiled a tiny electric vehicle that can fold down to 5.24 feet - which is one third of the space that makes up a standard parking spot! Urban centers around

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LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

The fish bellies installed on campus are made with layers of frosted acrylic. During the day they are translucent but at night they are illuminated with a rich palette of colored LED lights. The

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Living Air Garden Pops Up at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain

Living Air Garden Pops Up at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain

Estudio 108's modular green walls are not only gorgeous - planted as they are with a plethora of colorful and indigenous plant species - but they are also incredibly easy to erect, use very few

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