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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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by

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Fascinating Knitic Machine Prints Scarves that Match Your Brainwaves

Fascinating Knitic Machine Prints Scarves that Match Your Brainwaves

A fascinating new digital fabrication technology called "Knitic" prints scarves that match your mood. Designed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet with input from researcher Sebastian Mealla,

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used

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Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America

Just about every doctor on the planet will advise their patients to eat a good selection of fruits and vegetables each day in order to bolster their health, but for some Americans, it's simply

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A striking building designed to have the smallest environmental footprint, the 2013 Brighton University graduate pavilion has a reciprocating grid structured roof - a low-tech intervention

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Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

Wood Wrapped Beveridge Mews Apartments Provide Flexible Light-Filled Housing

A new timber-clad social housing project called Beveridge Mews was recently selected as one of the 2013 RIBA national awards for excellence in architecture. Peter Barber Architects organized the

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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Birdsong Apps are Harmful to Birds, UK Experts Warn

Image via Shutterstock A slew of new mobile phone apps allow birdwatchers to identify bird calls, but experts in the UK warn that when used improperly, these apps can have a detrimental

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Zumthor, who is perhaps best known for designing London's 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, proposes to demolish the existing museum structure originally designed by William Pereira. At 775ft at the

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels.

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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the multi-level

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Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Very little information has been released about the design of Kengo Kuma's Block D condos, but this is what we do know. The curved units come in two different sizes - 210 and 245 square meters -

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China is Building Thousands of Homes on Toxic Wasteland

Photo via Shutterstock Thousands of homes are being built on contaminated plots of land throughout China - and hardly anybody knows about it. Gao Shengke and Wang Kai wrote an investigative

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Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Image via Shutterstock Siemens just announced plans to harvest energy from speeding trains by installing America's first regenerative braking energy storage system on the new TriMet

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Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Deek has found a niche for himself by recycling scraps of metal, wood, and siding, as well as shipping pallets, flower boxes and a host of other materials he sometimes sources from the curbside,

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Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

A revolutionary inflatable hangar has replaced a tornado-torn building in St. Louis, Missouri that was set aside for the Solar Impulse plane during its groundbreaking solar-powered flight across

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World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

We have seen thought-controlled bionic legs and an object 3D-printed using brain waves, but now researchers have developed the world's first remote-controlled helicopter that is powered entirely

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SOM’s Timber Towers Could Cut the Carbon Footprint of Tall Buildings by 75 Percent

SOM’s Timber Towers Could Cut the Carbon Footprint of Tall Buildings by 75 Percent

The internationally renowned design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM) just published the findings of their "Timber Tower Research Project," which proposes constructing skyscrapers with

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Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

The Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio is officially the longest recycled plastic bridge in the United States. The sturdy 24.6-foot-long bridge was constructed with AXION's proprietary

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The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

With a tiny footprint of just 40 square meters, The Nest is framed with 90 x 90 steel columns and 30 x 30 steel beams and clad with corrugated metal sheets an attractive white mesh grid that

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Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

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Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

We love to see an old beat up bus or van restored to its former glory, but we especially swoon over renovated Airstream trailers - and this one is awesome. Originally used as an old hunting and

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Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Comprised of three volumes, the Tred River residence has a 36 foot central volume, a 10 foot entry door and side lights, and a contrasting 12 foot volume that plays host to the garage and other

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Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Wheat is Out of Control, Infiltrates Oregon Farm

Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Wheat is Out of Control, Infiltrates Oregon Farm

Photo via Shutterstock A farmer in Oregon has discovered unauthorized genetically modified wheat plants on his farm, raising concerns about trade with countries that refuse to import GM

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Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Tasked with this challenging adaptive reuse project, Assembly Architects was careful to minimize their environmental impact by using the earth excavated in the marquee's walls and the pathway

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FABRICA Repurposes Found Materials into High Quality, Cheerful Guatemalan Furnishings

FABRICA Repurposes Found Materials into High Quality, Cheerful Guatemalan Furnishings

When FABRICA does use new materials for their chairs, tables and other interiors, they carefully purchase only FSC-certified woods that have the smallest environmental impact. Otherwise, they

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Walmart Fined $81 Million for Dumping Hazardous Waste in California, Missouri

Walmart Fined $81 Million for Dumping Hazardous Waste in California, Missouri

Image via Shutterstock Walmart just admitted to dumping toxic hazardous waste materials throughout California and in Missouri. The retail giant will pay an $81 million fine as part of a plea

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400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

A crop of 400-year-old plants that were wiped out by glaciers have come back from the dead, BBC News reports. Researchers exploring the Teardrop Glacier high up in the Canadian Arctic say that

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