Don’t Use Commercial Mothballs

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips
Before shopping for moth-repellent products to prevent those tell-tale little holes appearing in your clothes, think again…

Common mothball crystals contain nitrophenols, paradichlorobenzene (para-DCB) and naphthalene vapour, giving them their smell. All chemical moth killers contain toxic chemicals which hang around in the environment for a long time. Para-DCB is a known carcinogen and repeated exposure at high levels can damage the nervous system and lungs. High levels of naphthalene can lead to headaches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Make sure you store your clothes in air-tight storage containers, zippable bags or use natural alternatives such as cedar wood and/or a mixed herb bag including rosemary, lavender, cinnamon, cardamom seed & cloves.

Green Cyprus recommends using hang-up zip up bags which can contain and protect several items of clothing at a time. Add several drops of lavender oil to your final rinse before packing your summer clothes away and for good measure, place a few cedar balls or a herb bag into your wardrobe too. Say goodbye to nasty chemicals in your home…

Green Cyprus Participating in Lets DoIt Cyprus

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Events






Thank you for joining the Green Cyprus team to help clean up Dasoudi Beach, Limassol on Saturday 29th September, 2012. Please find to follow, details of the event for all participants:

Time: 9.00am. Please arrive on time so that we can start promptly and complete the project on time. We anticipate the clean-up to take around one hour.

Where: Dasoudi Beach, Limassol.

Parking: There are 2 car parks at Dasoudi Beach. Our meeting point is near the car park behind the CTO office, next to the swimming pool. The other car park behind Pizza Hut is also fine with a short walk to our meeting point.

Meeting Point: KOT (CTO) restaurant on the beach. The owners have kindly allowed us to use their premises as a meeting point and have reserved a few tables for us which will be visible when you arrive.

Cleaning-Up: The organisers of Let’s DoIt Cyprus will be providing all participants with gloves and refuse bags. Our team will be cleaning the beach area between, and including the 2 car parks. We will undertake the clean-up in 4 groups, each with a designated task and appropriate refuse collection bag which will be explained on the day. Please wear suitable shoes as some of the cleaning will take place on the sand. It is anticipated that the clean-up will take around one hour.

Refreshments: We appreciate your attendance and commitment to our cause and when the clean-up is completed, we would like to offer all participants a selection of organic snacks and drinks supplied and prepared by Green Cyprus, and

Thank you very much for joining us and we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Any questions, please message us via our Facebook page or by email: [email protected]

The Green Cyprus Team for

Lets DoIt Cyprus

Special thanks to:


Ouzo Green

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Loves...

We were impressed to find this organic ouzo on display at the Anakyklos Environment Festival. Called Ouzo Green, it is certified organic and made by LOEL in Cyprus….worth a try!

Organic Coconut Rice Pudding

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Food, Recipes

Craving something sweet but as healthy as possible? Here’s a quick recipe you can whip up in 15 minutes. Tastes delicious and won’t leave you feeling too stodged-out or guilty (and it’s gluten-free)!

Organic Coconut Rice Pudding

2 cans Organic Coconut Milk
1 cup Organic Pudding Rice*
3/4 cup Organic Coconut Sugar* (regular organic sugar may be used)

In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk and rice.

Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 10 – 15 minutes (stir occasionally so rice does not stick).
Serve warm or chilled, topped with shredded coconut, chopped pineapple and/or banana.


*Organic coconut flour and sugar are readily available in health stores.

Blown Away

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

A Green Cyprus friend contacted me recently to complain about the number of plastic bags used by a well known retailer and that they they had written to the management to complain about it. It’s not the first time I have been contacted in connection with this matter; it crops up time and time again and for this reason, I felt it was time we had a say on this issue. 

The over-use of plastic bags by many of the retail establishments in Cyprus is astonishing and I for one, am blown away by the huge numbers that are handed to customers, especially by the supermarkets.

We are all aware of the dangers and health hazards associated with littering the environment and this discussion on plastic bags is, I feel, quite timely with the clean-up campaign approaching on 29th September.
Plastic bags are one of the most common forms of waste found on beaches and they can have dire consequences for marine life, killing or injuring hundreds of turtles, whales, birds, fish and other marine life every year. It is estimated that over the last 25 years 7,825,319 plastic bags have been collected from beaches around the world! So, yes, we are all to blame the world over, but bearing in mind we are officially one of the worst rubbish offenders in Europe (and highest plastic bag users, I suspect), it’s about time we finally did something about it.
I believe both we as consumers and the supermarkets, etc, share the blame for the situation we have found ourselves in. To be fair, the establishments I am referring to have made some attempts to do their bit for the environment by introducing recycled plastic bags which break down more easily in the environment. I have even seen re-usable bags on sale although they don’t seem to be flying off the shelves.
Where the supermarkets fall down is usually where they have staff on hand to help you pack your shopping; they behave like they are desperate to get rid off them! Several times, I have had single items packed into one bag, it’s that bad! More often than not, you find yourself loading up the boot of your car with way too many bags needed for the amount of shopping you have bought. In fact, I would say this is true of nearly every shopping trip.

Having said that, I, as many others I’m sure, are perhaps a bit guilty of accepting all these bags and not saying ‘no’. Or perhaps, we just don’t care enough? Maybe we need to be ‘told’ to behave more responsibly. Sometimes in life, things have to be forced on you to make you toe the line. It’s human nature I guess!
Take M&S (UK stores); they have taken huge steps to be perceived as ethical and a conscious decision to embrace green practices associated with how they conduct their business. Take a trip to any of their stores – if you’re buying food and you don’t bring your own bag, you get charged for a new one. Many other retailers have followed suit. A few years ago, when they introduced these policies, they were hard to swallow. Pay for a bag? It seemed absurd. Nowadays, it’s the norm and perfectly acceptable. Certainly when I visit the UK, it is now second nature for me to bring a used plastic or other reusable bag with me when I’m out shopping.
In some parts of the world, the issue is being taken even more seriously.The Superior Court in San Francisco recently upheld an ordinance that bans most retail locations from distributing plastic bags and have begun charging customers a dime for each paper bag (or comparatively more expensive compostable plastic bag) they use.
The ordinance expands a 2007 law that banned non-compostable plastic bags at large supermarkets and pharmacies. When the new prohibition goes into effect on 1st October, it will extend to all retail stores and finally to all restaurants in the city starting next summer.
In an effort to encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags whenever they go shopping, the law also imposes a small fee for the use of paper bags. The money generated from these fees will be kept by the individual stores. Any store caught flouting the ban will be fined up to $500 for each violation.
Such measures to scale back on waste from plastic products is increasingly becoming a priority around the world. Later this month, the Indian capital of Delhi, the world’s fifth largest city, will begin to enforce its own ban on plastic bags.
As much as I would love to see similar kinds of policies adopted here in Cyprus, I’m not sure the authorities would adopt this kind of stance – we are generally not very good at abiding by laws/regulations & policies but….if you are penalised financially for not heeding the law, then you’re more likely to comply! So that has to be the way to go – it’s a tried and tested formula.
In the meantime, the supermarkets need to make a stance. It’s a bold move but one I feel that needs to be taken. If they start charging say 10 cents per bag, people will start bringing their own and suddenly the thousands they dish out every day will be greatly reduced. It makes economic sense too. It’s a policy that could actually see them save themselves money!
We can also help the situation by making a point of being more conscious about polluting our environment and saying ‘no’ to plastic bags. To quote actor, Jeremy Irons from the short film “Trashed” which he co-produced with Vangelis: "I tell people – unwrap everything in the supermarket you don’t need wrapped. Leave it there". And that’s exactly the stance we should follow. If you don’t need a bag, don’t take it. Better still, bring your own – and help Cyprus become a cleaner and greener place to live!
Green Cyprus is participating in nationwide cleaning campaign, Lets DoIt Cyprus on 29th September and has organised a team of volunteers to help clean up Dasoudi Beach, Limassol. If you’re interested in joining us, please visit our facebook page and sign up. Alternatively, why not consider joining one of the many other teams around Cyprus. Visit for further information

A Greener Cling Film

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Loves...

Did you know that your average roll of cling film contains plasticisers that can leach into oily foods and have undetermined health effects? It is best to avoid wrapping high-fat foods such as cheeses in cling film a
nd not to use it in contact with food that is microwaved.

Although there are still some question marks over health and environmental issues it is better to use unbleached parchment paper where possible. However, there are times when a little cling film comes in handy…Green Cyprus has discovered this Non-PVC All Purpose Cling Film in E&S Hypermarket, Ayia Phyla, Limassol, priced just over €2. Definitely a safer, greener option!


The Impact of Cigarette Butts on the Environment

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat


With Lets DoIt Cyprus clean-up day approaching, Green Cyprus hopes that this major campaign will help play a part in making everyone think twice about littering our environment. But we’re not just talking food packaging and other miscellaneous waste. We’re talking about one of our biggest littering crimes here in Cyprus…cigarette butts!

Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the smallest environmental offenders and can create devastating consequences? We all know that cigarette butts that haven’t been fully extinguished can cause forest fires, but how else do they affect the environment? Having one of the highest percentage of smokers in Europe is bad enough and sadly there are negative consequences in Cyprus; cigarette butts are a common site everywhere, especially on our beaches.

Cigarette filters are not biodegradable. They’re made from cellulose acetate, a plastic that absorbs tobacco “tar” and eventually breaks down in the environment, but never loses its toxicity and can poison essential links in the aquatic food chain.

The Effects on Wildlife

Just like some people smoke them because they think they look cool, animals find cigarette butts interesting. Animals have no idea what a cigarette butt is, but it has some sort of fragrant stuff in the middle and seems edible. While larger mammals might survive eating a butt, small animals and especially marine life will die.

The Cost of Cigarette Butt Cleanup

Cigarette butts might be small, but the cost to clean them up isn’t. Small cigarette butts take a long time to rake and pick up, are an eye sore and a big cost for everyone. Who pays for the cleanup of cigarette butts? You do, with your taxes!

What Smokers Can Do to Help

Smokers can do one small thing. Don’t litter. Dispose of your cigarette butts properly and if you’re enjoying a day at the beach, don’t stick them in the sand!


Snopake Bio2 Bio-Degradable Office Products

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Loves...
Snopake Bio2 is a range of bio-degradable polypropolene products which are ideal for school or the office.

Traditional plastic materials can last indefinitely. While this provides us with durable products, it does cause problems – when a product is discarded it remains in the environment for a very long time. Traditional plastics cannot bio-degrade as their molecules are larger than the micro-organisms that cause bio-degradation. However a new technique – oxo-biodegradation has now enabled products to be made that will completely bio-degrade when disposed of with the added bonus of being as durable as traditional plastic. As a result this process takes just a matter of months rather than many years and the resultant breakdown actually filters back into the ecosystem.

So now, when you tell people you’re being environmentally friendly, you really are! Snopake Bio2 products include ringbinders, files, pockets, swingfiles, twinfiles, display books and A4 organisers and are available at Kyriacou Bookshops.

A Greener Choice Of Cookware

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips

You may remember our recent post about the dangers of teflon-coated pans and cookware. Due to the toxic chemicals used to make these utensils, we advised using stainless steel pans instead which are safer. Here’s a little updated information about another safe product called Green Pan which are on sale at Alphamega stores. Made of ceramic, they are another alternative, healthier choice for your cooking needs. Priced from 19.90 euros for a small frying pan, the larger ones go up to around 60 euros which may seem a little pricey but they are comparable to some of the big- brand teflon pans and the quality of these pans are really good. If you are thinking about buying new pans in the near future, check these out…

Take Cider Vinegar To Curb Your Appetite

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

You many know that taking a few drops of vinegar with or before a meal has been proved to help you lose weight by helping to kill the hunger pangs that make you feel hungry even when you’ve just eaten. Cider vinegar is rich i

n nutrients including vitamin C, manganese and potassium and with its acetic acid content, it makes you feel full up sooner and for longer. It works by reducing the glycemic index (GI) and lets food stay longer in your stomach. It also reduces the risk of mid-afternoon energy slumps which have you reaching out for a snack.

Keen to lose a few pounds the healthy way, I picked up a bottle of Aspall Organic Cider Vinegar this week from Holland & Barrett priced at a very reasonable €2.79. Actually, it makes a pleasant change from lemon and balsamic vinegar so I have decided to put it to the test….