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.

Social Profiles

+ Google
+ Twitter
+ LinkedIn
+ Facebook

Tafline Laylin
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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Located roughly 15km outside of central Asunción, the tiny home has a footprint of just 85 square meters. The base consists of concrete and locally-sourced stone, a cantilevering stone

Read More >

World’s First LEGO School to Open in Denmark this August

World’s First LEGO School to Open in Denmark this August

The owner of one of the most successful toy companies on earth is opening a LEGO school in Denmark this August. Grandson of LEGO's original founder and a multi-billionaire, Kjeld Kirk

Read More >

Tom Dixon’s Dazzling Geometric Cell Lights Shine Like Jewels

Tom Dixon’s Dazzling Geometric Cell Lights Shine Like Jewels

Tom Dixon's new Cell Lights shine like dazzling geometric gemstones. Spotted earlier this year at Milan Design Week and again at the International Contemporary Furniture in New York, these

Read More >

Nervous System’s DIY App Lets Users Design Their Own Cellular Wooden Tables

Nervous System’s DIY App Lets Users Design Their Own Cellular Wooden Tables

Nervous System took inspiration from the shapes and patterns of nature to create an app that lets users design their own "cellular" wooden coffee tables. Once a customer is happy with their

Read More >

Uplifting Vertical Garden with 4,000 Plants Rises in Mexico City’s Casa CorManca

Uplifting Vertical Garden with 4,000 Plants Rises in Mexico City’s Casa CorManca

The narrow Casa CorManca designed by Paul Cremoux Studio is a three story residence built on a 1894 square foot plot in Mexico City. South-facing, the slate-clad house has an interior courtyard,

Read More >

LILAC: UK’s First Strawbale Co-Housing Project Opens in Leeds

LILAC: UK’s First Strawbale Co-Housing Project Opens in Leeds

The Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) recently opened its doors to a community of earth-friendly Leeds residents. Each of the 20 homes was built using straw bale construction and

Read More >

Clothing for Furniture: Sinje Ollen’s Cozy Knits Give Old, Damaged Furnishings a Fresh New Life

Clothing for Furniture: Sinje Ollen’s Cozy Knits Give Old, Damaged Furnishings a Fresh New Life

Sinje Ollen was first inspired to create Clothing for Furniture when a friend brought her a designer chair that was damaged by a spill. Rather than completely reupholstering the chair, Ollen

Read More >

3D-Printed Tracheal Splint Saves Baby’s Life

3D-Printed Tracheal Splint Saves Baby’s Life

Doctors did not expect newborn Kaiba Gionfridoo to live long when he was found to have a serious tracheal condition that inhibited his ability to breathe. The infant had a collapsed bronchus and

Read More >

Atelier Heikkilä is a Gorgeous Geothermally-Heated Wooden Home in Finland

Atelier Heikkilä is a Gorgeous Geothermally-Heated Wooden Home in Finland

The home is entered from the dark facade while the lighter side opens up to Lake Päijänne, ensuring plenty of natural light and sufficient solar gain to get the couple through Finland's wicked

Read More >

Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong is laying the foundations for a zero-emissions city with a brand new fleet of 45 bright red electric taxis. Manufactured by China's BYD, which is partially backed by Warren Buffet,

Read More >

Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

A huge two-mile-wide tornado touched down south of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, devastating a community of 41,000 and killing as many as 51 people. The tornado hit wind speeds of 200mph and

Read More >

Two-Story Green Wall Freshens up Renovated Hotel SevenFourOne in California

Two-Story Green Wall Freshens up Renovated Hotel SevenFourOne in California

The owners of Hotel SevenFourOne commissioned Horst to renovate and remodel the hotel in a way that would reflect their overarching commitment to sustainability and Orange County's cottage

Read More >

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South

Read More >

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

One day, quite by accident, Vanden Heuvel found that his love of cycling combined with metal working skills he developed while running a pig farm made an curious combination. After making his

Read More >

VOLK Furniture Adds Color, Geometry and Pattern to Old School Wooden Interiors

VOLK Furniture Adds Color, Geometry and Pattern to Old School Wooden Interiors

VOLK's founder Brian Volk-Zimmerman is a painter, musician and an amazing designer of dizzying interiors. The Ash Credenza with and without storage is hand painted with bold earthy colors into

Read More >

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then

Read More >

Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

The Frankie lamp exemplifies the best in green interior design. In addition to the felt lamp shade made from recycled plastic and the natural timber base taken from timber harvested from

Read More >

UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

Photo via Shutterstock As if the oceans are not struggling enough with climate change, pollution and overfishing, the United Nation's International Seabed Authority (ISA) has issued 17

Read More >

Help Make Abercrombie & Fitch the “World’s Number One Brand of Homeless Apparel”

Help Make Abercrombie & Fitch the “World’s Number One Brand of Homeless Apparel”

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries believes that only attractive people should be encouraged to wear A&F clothes, but writer Greg Karber disagrees. Offended by Jeffries' callous

Read More >

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

While Urban Chandy currently uses vintage Edison bulbs for their lighting, which critics worry is not the most environmentally-conscious choice, they do aspire to keep their energy as low as

Read More >

Adam Frank’s Reveal Light Projects a ‘Daylit’ Window on Any Wall

Adam Frank’s Reveal Light Projects a ‘Daylit’ Window on Any Wall

So far we've showcased Adam Frank's amazing 3D Lucid Mirror and flickering LUMEN LED nightlight displayed last weekend at BKLYN Designs, and the designer just unveiled his Reveal Projection

Read More >

MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Architects just unveiled plans for a diving and skydiving center constructed out of two abandoned silos and a series of staggered shipping containers. The ten story multi-purpose recreation

Read More >

Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Image via Shutterstock The glaciers atop Mt. Everest are melting at an unprecedented rate and anthropogenic global warming is likely to blame. The news comes on the heels of reports that CO2

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?