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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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

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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

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

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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

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

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

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

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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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Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2013 has been an amazing year for architecture but our most popular posts among readers definitely seem to be those that defy the status quo. We've seen a lot of stories about people moving into

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then

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16 Green Gifts for the Lil’ Ones

16 Green Gifts for the Lil’ Ones

Young people have the whole world ahead of them and there are so many ways to make it fun, inspiring and of course green! Check out our list of 16 healthy, sustainable and

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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

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Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

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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

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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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