Buy Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Detergent

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips
It is largely biodegradable, less polluting to aquatic habitats and just as effective a cleansing agent as less environmentally-friendly options. Look for eco-friendly washing detergents such as Ecover and Planet and budget-friendly Carrefour’s Eco-Planete. Not only do they do the job well, they contain milder ingredients which are kinder for your skin too…

Organic Coconut Oil for Good Health

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food


Green Cyprus highly recommends the use of organic coconut oil and other coconut products such as ‘flour, butter, sugar and water’ as part of a healthier diet. It’s amazing how many derivatives of this healthy superfruit are available and if you read on about the benefits, it will definitely make you think about adding some of these amazing products to your diet…

Coconut oil has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. Studies done on native diets high in coconut oil consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations where coconut oil is hardly consumed anymore.

Coconut Oil Health Benefits

So how are people using coconut oil and what are some of the health benefits of coconut oil being reported? Some of the most recent research has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by using coconut oil. Alzheimer’s is now seen as a type 3 form or diabetes, and for years we have seen positive results from people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in using coconut oil. There have also been a lot of reports of coconut oil health benefits from those suffering from hypothryroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health. Restricting carbohydrates and increasing coconut oil in the diet has also led many to report losing weight with coconut oil. Candida sufferers also report health benefits with coconut oil as research now confirms, and those suffering from various skin diseases are also seeing tremendous health benefits by applying coconut oil directly on the skin. The benefits of coconut oil for healthy hair are also well known, and other healthy benefits of coconut oil included fighting off bacterial infections and viruses. Coconut oil is also increasingly being seen to benefit athletes and fitness trainers giving them an advantage in sustaining energy levels longer without drugs or stimulants.

Other coconut products like coconut water are very nutritious and highly effective for rehydration, hydrating quicker than water. It is naturally isotonic containing essential electrolytes, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. Coconut butter is ideal for cooking and baking and as with the oil, it does not contain cholesterol or trans-fats. Coconut flour is a great low carbohydrate, gluten-free flour that is also a good source of protein. It is excellent for baking cakes and bread. And there’s even a sugar free raw coconut nectar which you can use in tea and coffee or baking without having to worry about the sugar content so it’s excellent for the health-conscious and those on restricted diets.

Modern day diets leave a lot to be desired. They are too high in carbohydrates, sugar, dairy and the wrong kinds of fat and they can affect our health or make us ill. Coconut products are the perfect antedote and help towards a healthier diet. The evidence is clear to see. Green Cyprus says ‘go buy!’

Why you should avoid Fluoride

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat
Here’s a controversial subject about fluoride that is bound to incur the wrath of many a dentist but there have been health scares about it for years.

Hot off the press today is the following research results. The figures relate to the US but Green Cyprus will post back on this site shortly as soon as we find out what levels are used in our water here in Cyprus. As for toothpaste, there are plenty of non-flouride versions available including Dr Organic which do the job just great…

A Harvard meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that water fluoridation significantly lowers IQ scores in children, and may be a neurotoxicant that affects brain development.

More than 23 human studies and 100 animal studies have linked fluoride to brain damage.

Fluoride has immunosuppressive effects at low dosages, which can raise your risk of chronic disease, including cancer. Long-lost research linking fluoride to cancer has resurfaced in a Dutch film clip featuring Dr. Dean Burk, co-founder of the US National Cancer Institute and head of its cytochemistry department for over 30 years. In a taped interview, he equates water fluoridation to public murder.

Enough said…flouride’s out as far as Green Cyprus is concerned!

A Holiday with a Touch of Green

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog
Having just returned from my holiday in the UK and being lucky enough to have obtained tickets for the London Olympics as well as visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall, I now feel revitalised and all set to resume work. It was a holiday with a touch of green…

Although I didn’t go off on a far-flung conservation break on this occasion, I always make a point of ticking off as many green boxes as possible where holidays are concerned and this time, I fared quite well!

As usual, it was interesting to observe how green the places I had visited were and there were some pleasant surprises. The London Olympics I will mention first because the whole experience was so breathtaking and memorable as well as being my first Olympics ever. But how green was the Olympics?

The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic games set out to make it the greenest games of modern times. From cutting edge green technology and waste management to sustainable design and transport, the full details are available to read on the following site which illustrates the lengths they went to to ensure the greenest event possible 

From a visitor’s perspective, and having seen the end result of these efforts, I have to say that I was very impressed. The whole set up was amazing, the organisation both outside and within the venues was excellent and it all seemed to flow seemingly without effort. Additionally, the venues were all spotless in every way. Clearly a lot of care had been taken to ensure that every visitor was left with a positive impression of the event. It was great to see countless rubbish bins all within a few metres of reach wherever you were located – not just for general waste but proper recycling bins for plastics and cans too.

At the time of writing the games are still taking place but I believe it has been one of the best games of modern times and the fact that the organisers took the green aspect seriously certainly contributed, in my opinion, to its overall success.

I also spent some time in North Cornwall, a very beautiful part of the UK and stayed in a lovely fishing village called Padstow who some of you may be familiar with, not least because of all the famous Rick Stein eateries! Having sampled one the best cream teas ever and heaps of Roskilly’s organic ice-cream, it was time for something more of an educational nature so I headed off to the Eden Project, a top conservation attraction located close by.

The Eden Project offers a lot more than just a memorable day out in Cornwall. It is also a charity and social enterprise. As well as creating stunning gardens and laying on fantastic arts and music events, they also run transformational social and environmental projects in the UK and around the world. The Eden project also carries out valuable research into plants and conservation andyou can see lots of medicinal plants being grown as well as more exotic plants, trees and flowers within the Rainforest andMediterranean biomes (domes). An enjoyable and eye-opening day out, I found the Eden Project to be a great learning experience for children and adults alike – and it goes without saying that they run their operations in the greenest possible way. The visitor restaurants were also, not surprisingly, excellent with healthy fresh food and salads on offer, much of which was organic or fair trade. And to finish off the visit, there was wonderful souvenir shop selling all kinds of ethical and organic products. Green heaven it was and I was delighted to come home with, amongst other things, handbags and bracelets made from coconuts! Check out the site here  for more information.

As my holiday concluded, I am pleased to say that there were many green aspects to my break and there is definitely a feelgood factor associated with being involved one way or another, whether it’s a visit to a green project like Eden or an organic eaterie as one of my good friends would agree…

Although I have yet to visit Iceland, the greenest country in the world, my friend who is currently holidaying there (the perfect antedote to the Cyprus heat, for sure!) knowing about my passion for all things green and organic, enthusiastically texted me to tell me that she had just been to an organic fish and chip shop that cooked its fish in organic spelt batter. How innovative is that! I guess that gives us a clue as to the country’s green commitment – and my friend was utterly delighted to have foundthe shop with the healthier, greener version of fish n’ chips!

Whether you want to take a full-blown conservation holiday or just visit eco projects like I did, there’s plenty on offer if you look out for them, whatever country you are visiting. For instance, if you are thinking about staying in an organic hotel i.e. eco-hotels offering organic meals worldwide, check out .

I always like to relate what I write about to home because I still feel Cyprus lags behind Europe in terms of greenness and could benefit by doing what some of its European neighbours are doing. While Cyprus is unlikely to host an event the size of the Olympic Games, there are many good examples that could be replicated should we ever be in the position to host a similar kindof international event. We just need to commit more – remember, as I’ve written many times before; it’s important for the economy. Organisers take note!  And how about our own version of the Eden Project? That would be absolutely fantastic for the island….if we could only muster up the commitment to create such a project. Just think of the positive social and economic repercussions….

And so, back to Cyprus, and in particular, back to work on Green Cyprus where I will be continuing my task of providing more green and organic information relating to Cyprus for residents and visitors alike. You can check up on our progress at

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Green Cyprus followers a relaxing summer break and if you are planning to get away, why not inject a little green into your holiday too?