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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Researchers Predict Nearly 100 Million Driverless Cars Will Sell Each Year by 2035

Researchers Predict Nearly 100 Million Driverless Cars Will Sell Each Year by 2035

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

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West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

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Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

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Artist Etches Beautiful Beach Calligraphy into South African Sands

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

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Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

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Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

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6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

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Recipe: Delicious Blueberry, Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad

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Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

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Gensler Tops Out World’s Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai!

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