Check the temperature on your refrigerator, reduce energy, be greener!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips


Did you know that if you set the temperatures correctly on your refrigerator and freezer you can reduce energy consumption and be greener! The recommended temperature for a refrigerator is between 1 – 4 degrees centigrade and for the freezer it should be set at -18. Each degree below these temperatures makes no difference as to how well the food is preserved, but it does increase energy consumption by approximately 5%. With today’s electricity prices it all matters, so check your appliances now!

Should I Be Worried About Chemicals In My Children’s Clothes?

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat


We know that 60% of the products that you put onto your skin are absorbed. Experts also agree that excessive chemical agents in clothes can leach into the wearer’s skin. This informative article provides some concerning information about the chemicals used in children’s clothing and certainly makes you think about paying more attention to seeking out ethical or organic fabrics. Green Cyprus suspects it’s not just kid’s clothing either.


Organic Carrot Cake

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Food, Recipes
If you’ve gotta have a slice of cake, make sure it’s as healthy as possible! Here’s a recipe for an organic carrot cake. Sounds delicious and perfect with an organic soya latte!


175g organic muscovado sugar

175ml organic sunflower oil

3 large organic eggs , lightly beaten

140g grated organic carrots (about 3 medium)

100g  organic raisins

grated zest of 1 large orange

175g organic self-raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp grated nutmeg (freshly grated will give you the best flavour)

For the Frosting:

175g icing sugar

1½-2 tbsp orange juice


Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C. Oil and line the base and sides of an 18cm square cake tin with eco-friendly baking parchment.

Tip the sugar into a large mixing bowl, pour in the oil and add the eggs. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange rind.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, then sift into the bowl. Lightly mix all the ingredients – when everything is evenly amalgamated stop mixing. The mixture will be fairly soft and almost runny.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack.

Beat together the frosting ingredients in a small bowl until smooth – you want the icing about as runny as single cream. Set the cake on a serving plate and boldly drizzle the icing back and forth in diagonal lines over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

Time For A Change

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog
I hope many readers are now aware of Green Cyprus from the new website and Facebook page. For those who are not, Green Cyprus is a site for everything green, organic and eco-friendly in Cyprus. From green activities, clean beaches, green blogs, chat, recipes and news to a green directory especially for businesses and organisations that offer a green, organic or eco-friendly product or service, the site aims to offer a one-stop-shop for living the green life in Cyprus. The Green Cyprus Facebook page runs in conjunction with the site offering an on-going daily flow of information

Moving on, and with the subject area of change in mind, let’s take a look at an important issue; helping to bring about economic recovery with a green perspective.

Unless you’ve been hiding for the last few weeks, you’ll be all too aware that Troika (ECB, European Commission and IMF) has been in Cyprus unearthing and analysing details about the financial state of the country. Now they’ve left the island and gone off to discuss the amount needed for the bailout, it’s perhaps a good idea to give some thought to the current state of affairs, not just from the point of view of our own finances, but those of the country as a whole. A leading question is “where do we go from here especially when the feeling is that it’s going to get worse?”

It goes without saying that Cyprus will sooner rather than later, need to focus on starting to re-build its economy. We should look at the things we were, and in many ways still are good at, as this will ultimately help us ensure a brighter future. In fact, this is one of the reasons that inspired me to set up Green Cyprus!

I believe embracing the principles of a green economy is a smart way forward in getting ourselves out of these difficult times. I am not suggesting that a blanket application of green policies will solve our economic problems, but adherence to them could help towards safeguarding the future of the island and have long-term positive repercussions on the country.

So, what is a green economy? A green economy, according to the UN Environment Program, is “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, whilst significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities”. For more information about a green economy visit

I believe this is a hot topic and with the current worldwide economic situation it is an important tactic for helping to get the world economy ‘back on track’. Investment into a Green Economy is captured in several reports as an agent for creating millions of new jobs. Doesn’t it make good sense? You only have to look at what the Germans are doing and they happen to have the strongest economy in Europe. As an example, I recommend reading the following article from a recent edition of The Guardian about how German green investment bank KfW works . No argument about the fact that they are simply smart, switched-on and ahead of their European counterparts.

There are many areas for green investment in Cyprus and it’s an obvious way to go as far as I’m concerned!

On a more personal level, we can all make even the smallest of changes to our lifestyle to save on resources and money. Whereas back in more abundant times we may have paid less attention to cost-cutting exercises on the home-front, nowadays, it’s more of a necessity. I think being more cost-conscious indirectly makes us more conscious of green issues too, ‘green’ being a kind of by-product. This is one of Green Cyprus’s focal points; providing visitors to the site with useful green tips. Check out the site and you can find, for example. ways to cut back on electricity usage at home. Did you know, for example, that cleaning the coils at the back of your refrigerator can significantly reduce your electricity bill or that 97.5% of water on the Earth is salt water leaving only 2.5% as fresh water?   Makes you realise how precious a resource it is and that we should take care not to waste it!

It’s never been a better time for a change, and change we must. Whilst it’s not so easy to individually influence the way in which a country is governed and how much is devoted to green policies, we can all do our own little bit so that collectively, the impact becomes more pronounced. I would like to borrow Tesco’s tagline; “Every Little Helps” because in our strive to change for the better, it’s oh so true!

GMO Industry Taking Over Farmed Fish Feed

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

A new report details plans by the genetically modified soybean industry to expand its livestock feeding of GMO soybeans to the massive amounts of aquaculture fish raised in open ocean pens located in federal waters. While soy is already being fed to some farmed fish, if this happens to the scale the industry hopes, it could mean devastating consequences for the world’s oceans and consumer health, reports Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, the organizations behind the report.

According to the report entitled  the soy industry is positioning its products as a better alternative to feed made from wild fish—the native diet for many farmed fish. Already, nearly half of the seafood consumed around the world originates through aquaculture or a fish farm, states the report. And there are major concerns over the risks of further expanding industrial agricultural farming models into the world’s oceans. Not only are scientists concerned about the risks of gene transfer and other issues with GMO crops, but the traces of the pesticides, mainly glyphosate (marketed by Monsanto as Roundup), that are used on virtually all genetically modified crops, could damage delicate oceanic ecosystems.

Creating a market demand for soy among fish farms would also mean more genetically modified crops taking up arable land and pushing toxic pesticides into the environment, a move that also concerns environmentalists as GMO soy already accounts for 93 percent of the soy grown in the U.S.. Countries like Brazil have begun growing so much GMO soy that it now outpaces the nation’s production of conventional crops and has led to the devastation of critical Amazonian rainforest.

Of further concern, beyond the known risks of GMOs, is the fact that soy is not a natural diet for fish in any circumstance. Unnatural diets can lead to chronic diseases, allergies, infections, birth defects and other risk factors that could negatively impact food intended for human consumption.

Source: Organic Authority/

Donate Your Old Clothes to Charities

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips

Green Tip: Donate your old clothes to charities or collection progams. Your old wardrobe will be given a second life as either second-hand clothes or shredded and recycled as raw material for textiles and packaging. This will save precious energy and our scarce natural resources.

Green Cyprus also recommends checking out vintage shops which are springing up in Cyprus for some excellent finds or swapping unwanted items on Facebook’s Swap Shop.

Keep Your Tyres Inflated and Save Money

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips
Green Tip: Keep your tyres properly inflated. This will reduce wear and tear on them and increase their longevity, thereby saving money. It also saves precious raw material: it takes 27 litres of crude oil to produce a new tyre. Under-inflated tyres also increase fuel consumption by up to 10%. Check your tyres at least once a month. It only takes a few minutes.

Clean Your Refrigerator Coils and Save Electricity

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips



Green Tip: Clean the dusty coils behind your refrigerator to help disperse the heat to increase the energy efficiency of the refrigerator. Dusty coils can waste as much as 30% extra electricity! Simply vacuum away the dust or use a brush – well worth the effort with current electricity costs!