Renewable Energy….Cheaper Than You Think

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat



We are regularly told by conventional utility companies, many politicians and commentators that energies such as solar and wind are hopelessly expensive and reliant on enormous subsidy.

But this is simply wrong. Renewables have seen such dramatic price falls in the past few years that they are threatening to upset the world as we know it and usher in an almost unprecedented boom in the spread of cheap, clean, home-produced energy.

Solar will be the cheapest form of power in many countries within just a few years. Shouldn’t we be up there amongst the first? Read the full article


Goldenberries…Gold In Every Way!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat
Rosemary Barnes is the owner of She regularly writes on green and environmental issues for Green Cyprus and other online publications.

Rosemary Barnes is the owner of She regularly writes on green and environmental issues for Green Cyprus and other online publications.

In our quest for good health, superfoods increasingly play a vital role in providing us with a host of nutrients and valuable anti-oxidants. Falling within the category of superfoods are berries…from acai to goji berries and pomegranate to raspberries the list continues to grow. With extensive proven research regarding their health-benefits, there is little doubt that berries should become a staple in our diet. I for one always make a point, usually with breakfast, to add a variety of berries, whatever is available, to my diet. I am convinced of the benefits they offer and let’s face it, berries taste good!

I am currently writing from the UK, where it is easy to obtain virtually any kind of berry under the sun and on one of my recent health-shopping trips came across a ‘new’ super berry – the goldenberry which I had recently began hearing about. Always on the lookout for all things green and organic, I found what I was looking for in Holland & Barrett.

Apparently taking health fanatics by storm, experts and celebs alike are raving about this super-fruit for its fat-busting and health-boosting qualities. Armed with a couple of bags, I was already planning my next breakfast – more berries to add to my porridge!

So what are Goldenberries?

The Incan Goldenberry (Physalis peruviana), also known as the Cape Gooseberry is a botanical relative to the potato and tomato that’s been growing in the Andes for thousands of years. It’s fruit is bright yellow, small in size and extremely sweet when ripe. It grows quite easily in Hawaii, California, South Africa, East Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, & Great Britain.

Common Uses For The Goldenberry

The Goldenberry is usually eaten raw like many other small berries such as the blueberry or raspberry but is often dried, strongly resembling a raisin in texture and shape. In this form it’s easily mixed into cereal, yogurt, fruit salads, green salads or on its own as a dried fruit snack.



The Benefits of the Goldenberry

Goldenberries fall into the superfood category for a reason; like other small berries and raw foods they are packed with a plethora of vitamins and nutrients that are highly beneficial:

Goldenberries are high in protein which is extremely high for any kind of a plant or fruit making them an excellent protein supplement for those who don’t care to get their protein from animal or meat sources.  Protein is vital to the development of tissues in the body among many things.

Goldenberries are high in phosphorous. Aside from calcium, phosphorous is one of the most vital minerals in the body and necessary for the growth and strengthening of bones and teeth.  Calcium alone isn’t capable of building strong bones and tissue, as research has shown that phosphorous is needed to maximize bone-strengthening benefits.

Goldenberries are an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that not only aids in keeping eyes, skin and mucous membranes moist but it’s also a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body. These free radicals are capable of causing severe tissue damage. It exists as beta-carotene in many plants which the body converts in vitamin A.

Goldenberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. A water-soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid that is a potent antioxidant, required by more than 300 metabolic functions in the body including tissue growth, adrenal gland function, healthy gums, metabolism, etc.  One of the major benefits is that it can bind with toxic substances and certain heavy metals to render them harmless while setting them up for easy excretion.

Goldenberries are rich in complex B vitamins. There are numerous B vitamins that exist in the goldenberry fruit (B1, B2, B6 and B12).  These complex B vitamins do a great deal to reduce stress, improve memory, improve energy and reduce fatigue, spur metabolism, relieve PMS and reduce the risk of heart disease.  They’ve even been shown to help the body burn fat and glucose off for energy.

A delicious source of bioflavonoids. Studies have proven that bioflavonoids possess antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antioxidant properties.  Essentially, the goldenberry can potentially help you correct a number of ailments if it becomes part of a regular diet.

How Can Goldenberries Help?

While they are indeed a delicious fruit that can be eaten in a variety of forms, the greatest appeal are the healing properties of the goldenberry. Tradionally, goldenberries have been used to help a variety of ailments including asthma, edema, optic nerve disorders, throat afflictions, gastro-intestinal upset, intestinal parasites and various skin conditions.

As I mentioned earlier, goldenberries caused a stir on the celeb scene after some experts started recommending them for their fat-burning properties and so the media caught on….. here at Green Cyprus we too now know!

Goldenberries are available in branches of Holland & Barrett priced at £2.49 a bag.


Greener Alternatives To Cow’s Milk

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

If you have given up, or are thinking of substituting cow’s milk with an alternative either for health or other reasons, here’s a good analysis from The Ecologist.

With the exception of Buffalo milk (not for me, thank you!) the other varieties including organic versions are all available here in Cyprus from health stores and supermarkets. Some of the larger coffee bar chains such as Costa & Starbucks offer soya milk as an alternative too so you can have your latte without cow’s milk if you wish!

Toxins in Nail Polish

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat
Did you know that your favourite nail varnish probably contains a variety of dangerous chemicals? If you paint your nails, be aware that nail varnish generally contains what are known as the ‘toxic-trio’. The toxins are toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde and all known to have adverse health effects. Research has shown that the toxic-trio cause reproductive harm, cancer and asthma.

So it’s better to opt for safer nail colours that omit these chemicals. Try Korres Nail Colour with Myrhh which are guaranteed free-from pthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, acetone & silicone.

Priced at around €7.50, they are available in a variety of trend-setting colours including my current favourite No 74 Violet (pictured). The quality is so good, I got away with just one coat and it looks great!

Seawater Greenhouse

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

This environmentally-friendly horticultural concept is an obvious solution to our regular water shortages….we certainly have no shortage of seawater! Shouldn’t we introduce this system into our agricultural industry?

Marks & Spencer: A Billion Sustainable Products

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

Over a third of Marks & Spencer products sold, amounting to over a billion items a year, now boast some form of sustainability credential with 35% of its products having an eco or ethical feature that goes beyond the market norm.

It’s investment in renewable energy is not only important from an environmental point of view, there’s also a good business case; biomass located at Cheshire Oaks currently provides 70 percent of the store’s heating. Certainly a good example to be followed, hats off to M&S, a market leader in every respect!

Don’t Throw Away Food!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat
As we head into 2013, many of us will be resolving to lose those few extra kilos, save more money, or spend a few more hours with our families and friends. But there are also some resolutions we can make to make our lives a bit greener and in turn, help others in need. We can all make a commitment to reducing our environmental impact and helping to solve the world’s challenges, including food production, security, and poverty. 

You’ve heard the saying, charity begins at home and that’s a good place to start. No doubt you have seen the food banks in supermarkets collecting food for those in need. It’s a new challenge for us in Cyprus as for the first time, the downturn in the economy is beginning to impact on us. But it’s also part of a bigger picture with world food shortages becoming very real. So, remember; be conscious, be thrifty and support food recovery programs.

Go through your cabinets and shelves and donate any non-perishable canned and dried foods that you won’t be using to your nearest food bank or shelter. You can find collection points in some of the supermarkets including Alphamega, etc. 

A growing number of people depend on these donations. Be green, don’t throw food away – give it to the needy and help make a positive impact instead :)

Is There Lead In Your Lipstick?

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

Did you know that many well-known expensive lipstick brands contain unacceptably highly and dangerous levels of lead? Lead is a neurotoxin that is known to accumulate over time. It causes behavioural& learning problems and reproductive dysfunction.

If you think your ‘good quality, expensive Chanel, YSL, Clinique, etc lipstick is fine, think again.


Organic Cotton Sales Up

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

Here’s an article from The Guardian about organic cotton. Although many of us may not give a second thought to buying regular cotton, it is worth bearing in mind that it is grown using high amounts of pesticides and that approximately 65% of world cotton production currently comes from genetically-modified crops. Seek out organic cotton where possible – it’s kinder for you and your environment.

Boost Your Immune System The Green Way

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

With the change of weather upon us, together with other factors that typically cause us to catch coughs, colds & flu this time of the year, it pays to take extra care to ensure that we keep ourselves healthy and virus-free. Green Cyprus always favours a natural approach to build your immune system rather than taking “quick fixes” i.e. over the counter medicines which are full of chemicals, additives and colours and do you no good in the long run. This useful information is provided by leading Naturopath, Herbalist & Nutrionist, Savvas Ioannides.