Green Bridge Over Troubled Water

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

With the recent economic turbulence, staying optimistic about the future is a challenge. Still too early to tell how badly the effects of the bailout will hit us, it may seem as though we are drifting from day to day in a state of limbo. This uncertain state of affairs perhaps casts a shadow over green issues relating to Cyprus while we dwell on what has happened and ponder over what the future is going to be following the economic collapse.

It is pleasing then that at the time of writing this article, a recent photograph of an illegal shark-catching incident taken in Latchi which came my way via Facebook has, at the time of writing, been shared by close on 200 people in 24 hours. Apply the multiplier effect, and the number of people who have seen the post rapidly increases. Add to that all the comments that the photograph has created and it is easy to see that strong environmental ethics are evident in Cyprus judging by the reaction to this post.

Without going into further detail here, you can visit Nireas Marine Research facebook page to view the photograph and the accompanying conversations that have opened up following the illegal catching of this particular shark. There are also conversation streams both on my Green Cyprus and personal pages. Of course we know that this practice has been going on for a while despite the fact that it is illegal, but sometimes it takes an action like the circulation of a photograph to anger people enough to want to do something about it. Apart from the fact that it is illegal, there is of course the ethical factor involved and ignorance regarding the tampering of our precious marine life and throwing our delicate eco-system off-balance.

Along with the aftermath of the bailout, the underlying importance of incidences like these illustrate why it has never been more important for us to embrace an eco-culture and green ethics into our way of life. These aspects have never been a priority for any government inCyprus but that must change. Now is the time for reflection about how we live our lives, the time to rebuild the country’s infrastructure in a more sustainable, green and caring manner. We need smart, bold solutions and the overall green development of the economy, from agriculture to tourism, is key to a positive and productive future, as is a more responsible attitude towards our environment.
Followers of Green Cyprus will be aware that I have written on this subject area in previous blogs and a green economy section is featured on this website. I also urge you to read an excellent article written by Constantinos Christofides for the Cyprus Mail, 18th April on this link

In Christofides words, “The creation of the Green State must become the national objective, as it will give direction to our struggling economy, open new windows of opportunity for the young generation, create jobs, drastically improve our competitiveness and allow us to live in a cleaner, safer environment.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. This is a clever strategic move for Cyprus with a feel good factor that will undoubtedly have positive repercussions in many ways for each of us individually and the country as a whole. While it will take a long time to rebuild and revitalise, there’s no better time than now for Cyprus to go green.

On the Green Cyprus facebook page, as well as being a place for all things green, I regularly hear from disgruntled fans about issues relating to inappropriate littering, rubbish dumping and other environmental concerns such as illegal shark fishing as discussed in this article. There is a growing interest in these areas from a large number of people who care about the place they live and who seek a cleaner and greener Cyprus.

Green Cyprus has also set up a facebook group called The Phoenix Group to discuss ways in which Cyprus’s economy could be revitalised. Suggestions or solutions incorporating ‘green’ ethics or economic policies are invited to help us push forward and kick start the economy again. You are welcome to join the group and the discussions here

You can of course also join the Green Cyprus main page and keep in touch with news and information about all things green in Cyprus.

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

I think we can confidently predict that we won’t be having a white Christmas this year in Cyprus. Sadly for snow-lovers, the weather is beyond our control, however, we can opt for a green one instead! That’s of course green in the environmentally-friendly sense. Taking steps towards a greener Christmas is about being responsible and something we should all really be taking on board.

Christmas is a time notoriously associated with indulgence and excess and admittedly, most of us have been there! Too much food and drink, topped up with numerous presents, some of which will be deemed either useless or surplus to our requirements. And as for the kids, well… you know the rest! They will be piled with more and more toys which we all feel inclined to give, but inevitably many of them will just sit in the toy cupboard for most of the year.

Think about the wastage we contribute to with this over-indulgence. To make matters worse, we are living in economically difficult times with money tight and food shortages very real. This state of affairs is apparent from the downward trend in our economy. Certainly from where I’m standing, just this reason alone shifts my thinking towards a more frugal approach to festivities and a tendency to adopt a more philanthropic approach (both greener). I’m sure I am not alone….

I am not suggesting we stop our Christmas festivities and present-giving that so many of us look forward to each year. I just think that we could lessen our impact by adapting our behaviour and becoming a little more green over the Christmas period. Adopting this kind of approach is not a difficult transition. It’s simply about making wise, ecologically sound decisions, many of which will save you money and will be better for you, your family and the environment on the whole. So, get into the spirit and start preparing for a greener Christmas!

Here are 10 Green Christmas tips that’ll help you to save money, reduce your Christmas carbon footprint and have a more eco friendly and sustainable Christmas.


1. Opt for Local & Organic Food and Drink

 Always try to buy locally produced food which is organically grown. Buying locally produced food boosts rural jobs and supports our economy. If you are buying turkey or chicken, try to make sure it has been reared in humane conditions and is organic. Organic poultry besides being chemical-free, tastes better too. Organic fruit and vegetables are available in selected supermarkets and health shops so you can also enjoy pesticide-free fruit and vegetables over the festive period. Health shops tend to sell fresh organic produce at very competitive prices, especially the local produce.

You can get the party going with organic wine, beer and soft drinks (see the Green Cyprus website for stockists) and know that your hangover, common with cheaper alcohol, won’t be quite so bad! On the subject of hangovers, you might also want to try some milk thistle, a detoxifying, immune-boosting herb well known for its ability to enhance liver function. It’s available as a tincture from most health food shops or from

 2. Buy gifts which give

Try to buy presents that are beneficial and make a positive difference to the lives of the receiver such as bicycles, juicers, blankets and jumpers to encourage them to exercise, be healthy and cut down on their heat use as well as save money. A necessity bearing in mind our astronomical electricity prices! There are many online suppliers of some great, green alternatives and eco gift ideas to make this year a green Christmas. Visit companies like Green eBay () and Natural Collection ( for a variety of fabulous gift ideas.

3. Look for locally made gifts

Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation. And gifts made locally often have a story which goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known. There’s no shortage of craft fairs and small suppliers of hand-made gifts here in Cyprus. Check out the newspapers and facebook for a variety of local events and gift ideas.

4. Give a charity or environmentally friendly gift

Sponsor an animal or give a membership to a charity or environmental organisation for Christmas. We tend not to be big on giving to these kind of causes in Cyprus and it would be good to see a change for the better. Think about whether you or your loved ones need that extra bottle of perfume this Christmas when you could instead make a positive impact on someone’s life. Or consider donating instead to one of my chosen charities, animals. With so many unwanted and abused cats and dogs in the Cyprus sanctuaries and municipal pounds, I would personally rather see 30 euros handed over on my behalf than be the recipient of a concoction of 160 chemicals i.e. a bottle of perfume! There are many kinds of charities from where you could buy a sponsorship gift for a loved one. If you do choose the animal option, Sirius Dog Sanctuary is one of the many shelters desperately in need of funding. Visit their site at ()

5. Use recycled wrapping paper

There’s no point recycling rubbish if you don’t buy recycled products! I’m sure there’s sufficient wrapping paper that ends up in our rubbish bins to wrap up the whole of Cyprus, so try to make sure that you use recycled wrapping paper or gift bags that can be reused.

6. Use recycled Christmas cards or send messages electronically

Numerous Christmas cards are sent each year only for them to be thrown away after Christmas. Try to send recycled Christmas cards or ones made from sustainable sources. You can also make your own, or send texts or e-cards instead. You can also buy recycled Christmas cards from charities and donate up to 20% to less fortunate people at the same time. Just a little thought into the way you convey your Christmas messages to your friends and family can have a more positive impact.


7. Choose a real Christmas tree

Real or artificial? If you’re wondering which is better, the simple answer is that real trees are the more eco friendly choice as they biodegrade. Although artificial trees last for many years they are made from metal and derivatives of PVC, which requires large amounts of energy to make and also creates by-products such as lead which can be harmful to both the environment and human health. The average life of an artificial tree is just 6 years and given that they are not naturally biodegradable they will potentially pollute a landfill site for many years to come. Most artificial trees are made in Taiwan andChina and so have additional energy costs associated with transport. Real trees are carbon neutral, absorbing as much carbon dioxide as they grow as they will emit when burnt or left to decompose. They are a naturally renewable resource and generally feel much nicer in your home. Try to choose a tree with roots so it can be replanted and used again next year or why not start growing your own?

8. Avoid using petroleum-based candles

Paraffin candles are made from petroleum residues so neither do your health or the environment any good. Soy, beeswax or natural vegetable-based candles are better because they biodegrade, are smoke-free, and much more eco friendly. Whether for your own use or for gifts, make a special effort and seek out vegetable-base candles from health shops and organic suppliers rather than big commercial brands which are almost definitely paraffin based. Much better to breathe in naturally scented candles made with essential oils than artificially scented candles with paraffin residues!

9. Be battery-wise

Families can get through a lot of batteries, particularly at Christmas. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Batteries contain toxic chemicals and don’t biodegrade. Instead use rechargeable ones or try . By opening the cap and plugging into a USB connector, you can recharge them pretty much anywhere there’s a USB socket. You’ll never have to search for a charger again.

10. Don’t forget to turn off your appliances & Christmas tree lights

15% of household electricity is wasted by leaving TVs, computers and other appliances on standby bumping up our annual electricity bills by over €50 per year. Make sure you turn things off when you’re not using them. Lighting accounts for around 15% of household electricity, and 100-string Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the Christmas period produces enough carbon dioxide to inflate 60 balloons. So make sure you turn them off at night and when you’re out and buy for your house.

To sum up, if you want a green Christmas remember to keep in mind the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Let’s not add to our already over-grown problem of being one of the worst waste-offenders in Europe, so make an extra effort to…

Recycle your unwanted presents
Everyone te
nds to receive one or more unwanted gifts at Christmas. The best way to recycle any unwanted presents is to give them to charities and hospitals. You can also participate in our Green Christmas Campaign (see our event on ). Alternatively, you could try swapping them for other people’s unwanted gifts! Visit facebook’s Swap Shop for more information. 

Recycle your waste

Remember to recycle your Christmas cards, paper packaging, used cans, plastic and glass bottles. We use dozens of extra bottles and drinks cans over Christmas. Make sure all your empty cans, bottles and jars find their way to your recycling bank or are bagged up for collection by Green Dot.

Recycling an old laptop, phone or kettle takes more effort but is still important. Quantities of e-waste are even greater at Christmas, and with much of this ending up in landfill, we should all be concerned about what happens to the heavy metals used in electronic components once they are buried underground. If you have any e-waste you wish to dispose of, contact WEEE Electrocyclosis Cyprus Ltd (). Alternatively, you can do a good deed and donate your old technology to a charity. You may no longer have use for it but someone else may well do.

Finally, remember that if you do have used non-rechargeable batteries, you can drop them into AFIS Cyprus recycling bins ( which are located in various locations across Cyprus e.g. supermarkets, banks, etc.

A little thought and preparation can make this year a Green Christmas and a few careful choices can make a big difference. Less sometimes means more and undoubtedly in this case, that holds true. By following these simple guidelines, why don’t you opt for a greener Christmas too?

Green Cyprus will be supporting families in need this Christmas and as part of the Green Cyprus: Green Christmas initiative, we are collecting donations of food and unwanted toys and clothes in good condition for Alkionides Charity. If you are interested in donating please see our event on our facebook page .

We will also be presenting ‘tips for a Greener Christmas’ at Utopia’s Green Christmas event on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm. We promise an informative and festive evening so please come along and join us! Check the event section on our site for details (

A Few Of My Favourite (Green) Things

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

If you’re familiar with the Green Cyprus website and have become a friend on Facebook, you’ll be aware that since its inception, the aim has been to pool together all things green, organic and eco-friendly. This puts me in constant touch with new green products and services on the Cyprus market.

Since it has been a while since I last put together a recommendations list, I felt it was time an update was due and so here we are!

The following list has been compiled which highlights my 6 favourite buys for 2012. Some of these have featured on the ‘Green Cyprus Loves…’ section of the website. The items I have listed regularly feature on my shopping list as important must-buys and will continue to do so as I strive to achieve a greener and healthier lifestyle.

1. Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is very versatile with many uses and many health benefits being documented and reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by using coconut oil. There have also been positive results from people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in using coconut oil as well as those suffering from hypothryroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health. Other healthy benefits of coconut oil include fighting off bacterial infections and viruses. The list goes on and you can read about it in more depth on the website. I am a convert and in my attempt to ditch all dairy products, I regularly buy and use organic coconut oil in cooking and baking – it’s a greener product than most other cooking oils as it can also withstand high temperatures unlike some of its toxin-producing counterparts e.g. corn oil. By my own admission, I make a mean coconut-based flapjack that tastes great and is very healthy! It also makes a great dry hair and skin treatment. Enough said! Biona Organic Coconut Oil, Naturata Kokos and other good brands are generally available from health-shops.

2. Agave Syrup. OK, strictly speaking any kind of sweetener shouldn’t be on this list. Certainly, we are all aware of the dangers posed to our health as a result of too much sugar consumption especially with the soaring rate of type 2 diabetes. To add to that, the Cypriot fondness for all things sweet which features quite heavily in our diets doesn’t help the situation. To make matters even worse, artificial sweeteners like aspartame which is currently hot news in the press once
again as it has been associated with increased risk of blood cancers, are best avoided altogether. That said, it is still difficult to exclude all kinds of sugar from your diet. I make a conscious effort to eliminate as much sugar from my diet as possible as I am all too aware of the health problems that can arise – and let’s face it, it does seem that a high proportion of the population of over 40’s are type 2 diabetes candidates! Needless to say, I never touch artificial sweeteners as I have been suspicious of them for years. So, I now buy Organic Agave Syrup. There are at least 2 good brands on the market; NaturGreen and Bjorg which both retail for around 5 euros. It is quite expensive but it is worth it as it has a low glycemic index and is therefore much better for you. Agave Syrup has a nice subtle sweet taste and is perfect in baking. I haven’t tried it in tea or coffee as I don’t add sweetener to either but I’m sure it tastes fine. Agave is a much healthier and greener choice as it is not a refined product like sugar so it’s
ideal if you require a general purpose sweetener.

3. Planet Washing-Up Liquid with organic chamomile. No I haven’t gone mad – this product smells really divine and makes washing dishes a pleasure! Even if you use a dishwashing machine, it’s always useful to have a bottle of washing-up liquid handy and this brand comes highly recommended! Planet is a leading Greek-based eco-cleaning products company and I have used all their cleaning products which are of good quality, pleasant to use and reasonably priced considering they’re earth-friendly products. The organic chamomile washing-up liquid is tops! Try it and you’ll see.

4. Venus Rose Organic skincare. There are a whole host of great organic, chemical free beauty products on the market and personally, I have used a variety of different organic brands for years as I have wanted to avoid all petrochemicals, parabens and other toxic ingredients included in the larger commercial brands. Not long ago, I visited home-grown company Venus Rose (rose gardens) in Agros ( and purchased their organically certified rose cleaning water and their rose moisturising creams. Now, if I were a famous celebrity and endorsed their products, they would be flying off the shelves as we speak! You never know, the secret may find a way out but follow my advice and try out their products. If you like Dr Hauschka’s light rose cream, you will adore this because it is better. It sinks in without leaving a tell-tale moisturiser shine and gives you a really bright, fresh and smooth complexion.

5.Fluoride-Free Toothpaste. Any dentists reading this blog may disagree but at least from my point of view, toothpaste containing fluoride is a big no no. You can read all the facts about fluoride on our site but in a nutshell, it is a dangerous neurotoxin that can cause cancer and other conditions. I decided a while back not to take any risks and avoid fluoride-based toothpastes at all costs. I now opt instead for Jason’s fluoride and sls free Sea Fresh Toothpaste which does an excellent chemical-free job and is a greener product. I’m not sure I have seen this in Cyprus but Dr Organic which is generally available in Holland & Barrett and pharmacies has a range of fluoride-free toothpastes which are equally good.

6. Green Cookware. Apart from the importance of following a fresh, natural and organic-where-possible diet, I always stress the importance of using eco-friendly, safe cookware. Once again, you can read about the dangers of teflon on the Green Cyprus website. It is much better and healthier to use stainless steel or ceramic type cookware to avoid potentially dangerous chemicals from teflon leaching into your food. I always avoid aluminium foil for cooking but have a roll of Bacofoil’s recycled aluminium foil on standby for other purposes. Both for wrapping food and cooking, it is safer to use chlorine-free, unbleached parchment paper such as the one by If You Care brand which is available from health shops but if you can’t do without cling-film, the COOP brand from E&S hypermarkets offers a PVC-free cling film which is eco-friendlier and a healthier option.

This summarises my main current recommendations for greener products in an attempt to achieve a better and greener standard of living….and whatsmore, these are really good products too. What I find as I discover good green brands is just how much better they are in every way – for you and the environment. My mission to seek out and pass on practical information relating to all things green, organic and eco-friendly continues and I shall be updating again soon.

In the meantime, stay up-to-date by checking out the website and joining us on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you there!

Green Cyprus Participates in Let’s DoIt Cyprus

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog


Saturday 29th September was World Clean-Up Day 2012 and Cyprus was one of many countries that participated in this campaign under the banner of ‘Let’s Do It Cyprus’. Several months ago, after Green Cyprus first got to hear about Let’s DoIt Cyprus, as firm believers in the social and economic benefits of ‘cleaning and greening up our act’, I decided to back the campaign and get together a group of volunteers who would clean up a specified location.

Around May time, I posted a photo on the Green Cyprus Facebook page which captured the dreadful state that Dasoudi Beach, Limassol was in. Renowned for its eucalyptus trees, it was in danger of becoming equally renowned for the amount of litter everywhere. The beach, and in particular the car-parking areas were absolutely covered with rubbish of every kind imaginable. When I took the photo it was because it seemed remarkable that a CTO beach could be so dirty! The post attracted a lot of attention on the Green Cypurs page and many people commented, criticised and expressed their dismay at the situation. What could we do about it? At the time, there didn’t seem to be an obvious answer as to what, if anything could be done.

So when the Let’s DoIt Cyprus campaign was launched, organising a team of volunteers to clean up Dasoudi Beach was the first thing that came to mind. Initially, I had planned on a team of around 10 should do it but after creating the event on Facebook we ended up with a team of 40 volunteers! Not that I was complaining….I felt the more people came on board, the more impact we could make not only as a team, but overall to help Let’s DoIt Cyprus with what they were setting out to achieve – cleaning up Cyprus in a day.

Yes, there were cynics who made comments like ‘You can’t clean Cyprus in a day!’ ‘People will just continue to litter’. ‘Why should we clear other people’s rubbish’? Shouldn’t the municipalities do their job properly?’ And yes, you might feel inclined to agree with them particularly on the last point, but the solution is not so straightforward. If it were, we’d be living in a litter-free country.

Unfortunately, as we also saw in our previous blog on plastic bags, we’ve become one of the biggest litter-offenders in the whole of Europe. It is an unacceptable situation which may lead you to question why not enough people seem to care about the environment in Cyprus for if they did, they wouldn’t litter in the first place. Perhaps the municipalities and recycling companies don’t provide enough bins in public places (we could certainly do with more) but even in places where there are bins, you still see discarded rubbish around. It’s got to the point where seeing the odd sofa here and there, refrigerators dumped in fields, not to mention the masses of other household items, barely makes you raise an eyelid anymore!

There are certainly major issues that need to be dealt with and I think the problem goes a little deeper than just an ‘educational thing’ which is what some people have suggested as being a solution to the problem. I believe there are social issues involved. Quite frankly, is teaching people not to throw out their rubbish going to stop them doing it? It might to some extent with children, but on the whole, I don’t think so. Surely some things are just common sense…

However, on a more positive note, at least a good decision was made for Cyprus to take part in this campaign because at the very least, it serves to highlight the problem and to incentivise as many people as possible to help towards doing something about it.

As the campaign has only just ended, it remains to be seen what will happen, say one month from now. Will the beaches be dirty again? What about the dams and other locations that were cleaned? Over 4,000 people volunteered for Let’s DoIt Cyprus and given that all those people were giving up their own time to participate in an unpaid cleaning job, I think it just goes to show that a lot of people do care, so perhaps there is light at the end of a dark tunnel. Maybe now those of us who are guilty of having offended in the past will think twice before doing it again. That remains to be seen and can be assessed if and when the locations are re-visited.

On our part, we got off to a prompt start on Saturday. The manager of the restaurant at Dasoudi was most co-operative when we initially informed him of our plans for the day and he was kind enough to allow us pitch our meeting point at the premises itself. Once the volunteers arrived, everyone was given a briefing on what they had to do, why they where doing it, what to collect and which bags to use. Then off they went to clean up in their designated teams.

I was delighted firstly by the response received to the Green Cyprus invitation to participate in this event and above all by the good natured volunteers that showed up, the positive attitude displayed and the commitment and hard work put in on the day. The team spirit was amazing as anyone who was there will confirm! Not only did everyone do an excellent job collecting nearly 50 large bags of rubbish overall, but we all had a really fantastic morning! It certainly made a lot of us think that there should be more nationwide events like this and from what I could gather from other groups across the island, the feeling was mutual!

Our clean-up concluded with a round-up of all the volunteers who were thanked for their efforts and everyone was then treated to organic refreshments and snacks courtesy of Green Cyprus, Mary’s Dinner Clubs and All Organic Market. Mary, incidentally, who many of you know from her own blog here on Cyprus News Report, was also invited to photograph the event and provided us with an excellent portfolio of photos! 

So, now that more than 4,000 people have helped to clean up some of Cyprus’s most littered areas for Let’s DoIt Cyprus, here’s hoping that it might help set an example to us and the remainder of the population to stop littering the island. If this exercise proves successful, it will also help towards moving Cyprus away from the bottom of the league table and to lose its bad reputation for being the worst rubbish offender in Europe. No excuses; Keep Cyprus Clean!





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

Back To School The Greener Way

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog
Now that the school summer holidays are drawing to an end and the days are getting shorter, many children and parents are starting to get ready to go back to school. Going back to school is an exciting time because everything’s new; teachers, fellow students, books and miscellaneous supplies. However, before setting off for the shops, take stock and think twice about jumping on the ‘back to school’ bandwagon.

Even though it happens every year, we still seem programmed to equate going back to school with buying loads of new things. And, while schooling requires supplies, we too often turn to disposable supplies to do the job such as pens, countless numbers of which are thrown away every year. Plus, going back to school offers a clean slate for a fresh start like “This year I promise myself to consistently pack my own lunch instead of buying from the tuck shop.” Or, “This year I’m going to get a brand new school bag”. Sound familiar? These resolutions require more resources in every respect. It’s not very green to buy unnecessary, duplicate equipment or extra items of school uniform if they are not really needed, nor does it help your bank account!

Preparation is of course important, but so is following your green preparation with green behaviour and extending your good green start to behaviour that lasts all year. For example, did you know that every 220,000 sheets of paper that is recycled saves approximately 17 trees? Vast amounts of paper are disposed of every year so purchasing post-consumer recycled paper, and making sure that it gets recycled again, can make a big difference. It’s a challenge to properly equip our children with supplies for another year of learning without virtually bankrupting ourselves and polluting our planet’s resources in the process!

So, how do you combine school’s three R’s; reading, writing and ‘rithmetic with the planet’s three R’s of reduce, reuse, and recycle? Here are some tips on how to get your child off to a good green start to the new school year:

Get off to a Good Green Start. Before hitting the shops in search of back to school gear, ask yourself some questions. Do you really need that new school bag if last year’s is still in reasonable enough condition and does the job? Do you really need a new ruler (the measurements haven’t changed over the summer!) or a complete set of new pens? Make a list of what you absolutely know you need, what you think you might need, and what you want, and carefully consider which items go in which section of the list. Once your list is made, it’s time to…

Take Inventory and Avoid Duplicates. Once you’ve got yourself in “green back to school mode” most of us will be faced with the reality that getting ready to go back to school requires new equipment; school supplies, clothes, backpacks, etc, but this is not always necessary. Take a careful inventory of what you already have that can be used again; think more durable items, like clothes and shoes and what you might already have lying around the house that is still waiting to be used for the first time such as extra packs of pencils, notebooks, etc. Avoid last-minute impulse purchases by making a list of what you need (and sticking to it!) before you head to the shops. Similar green practices can also be adopted with text books. Some schools have now adopted a policy of handing down text books to the forthcoming class. That makes perfect sense in every way. Why buy again when last year’s books are perfectly good to use again? Following these steps will save materials and your money.

Find Green Clothes. A lot of money spent on back to school shopping goes into buying clothes, but if you don’t already, why not consider using hand-me-downs instead? That is either from older siblings or from your children’s school sales/ charity fairs where good-quality used items of uniform are available for a fraction of their cost new. It’s good to recycle, it saves on resources and once again, it will save you money.

Choose Greener Pens and Pencils. It’s time to say goodbye to package upon package of disposable pens and pencils and replace these with recycled and/or biodegradable versions of each. Once you have greener options in hand, encourage your youngsters to hang on to each pencil and pen as long as possible and use last year’s school supplies where possible. There are many companies specialising in green writing implements, some greener than others but some of these may be harder to get hold of in Cyprus. However, we found a good recycled pen by Pilot called B 2 P (Bottle to Pen) pens which as the name implies were originally plastic bottles. We also found coloured pencils by Staedtler which are made out of wood from sustainable sources and there is also a greener version that are made from a wood-free alternative. If you are after “regular lead pencils”, then there are BIC’s ecolutions which are 57% recycled and once again, are wood-free. All these items are reasonably priced and we found these specific items in Alphamega hypermarket.

Don’t be a Paper Pusher. Although many kids are internet masters, e-mailing homework has yet to happen in most schools where paper is still king for taking notes, writing papers, and of course, doing homework. But that doesn’t mean that you or your child can’t take steps to cut down your paper consumption. Buy products with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content possible, that is processed chlorine free (PCF) for use in school. Next, use these products to their maximum efficiency by printing on both sides of the paper, using paper already printed on one side for drafts (or better yet editing all drafts in the computer itself), and filling notebooks from cover to cover before purchasing a new one. And it never hurts to ask teachers if you can email in your work although this is more likely to apply to older students. Finally, if you need to buy binders to hold all those papers, buy cardboard binders instead of plastic.

Beware the Miscellaneous Supply Overload. Bigger items, like backpacks and items that don’t get used every day, like glue sticks, coloured pencils, and markers, are still necessary in many cases, but, because they either last longer or usually don’t get used every day, for example, art supplies, you don’t need them in the larger quantities typical of printer paper, pencils, and pens. Don’t be tempted by the better deal on six bottles of glue if you know you’ll only need three bottles between now and next spring. If it doesn’t have to come out of the backpack every day, think twice about loading up at the beginning of the year.

Think Outside the Lunch-Box. Don’t use bags; instead opt for a washable, reusable container to take your lunch to and from school. Just make sure to avoid vinyl lunch boxes which have been shown to contain harmful levels of lead. Instead, invest in a PVC-free or stainless steel lunch box. Instead of using bags and plastic film wrap for sandwiches and snacks, use reusable plastic containers and unbleached parchment paper for wrapping up your snacks. For drinks, beware of plastic bottles which may contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical. Instead go with stainless steel ones such as the ones by Rainbow Products (see our Green Directory) which come in kid-friendly sizes and designs.

Don’t Start a Food Fight. When it comes to the actual food that goes in the lunch box, pack healthy green lunches kids will want to eat, and get them involved in choosing lunch ingredients, since they’ll be less likely to throw away things they want to eat. Forget packs of crisps and sugar-laden cereal bars. Apples, oranges, bananas, and other fruit are healthy, waste-free snacks that come with their own compostable wrapping. Send them in with fruit or vegetable sticks and a couple of slices of cheese and buy organic whenever possible. See our earlier blog “What’s up with our kids diets” for healthy lunchbox ideas.

Walking, Biking, Busing: Green Transportation to School. Going green while getting back and forth to school offers a familiar refrain: human power, walking or biking is best; riding the bus is next; driving alone is last. If you don’t live close enough to walk, finding a safe bicycle route to school is a green way to go, too. Beyond that, even though most school buses get single-digit km to the litre, they can also hold a large number of youngsters, making them a cleaner option than single-occupancy cars. If walking, biking, or busing aren’t in the cards, and admittedly in Cyprus many roads are unsafe especially for biking, and it can get too hot in the summer months, think about dividing the ride and start a parent carpool.

Do all This ALL Year. Making your back to school experience greener is a great way to start the year, and a great way to make progress toward a sustainable lifestyle, but there’s no reason to stop after the year has just started. Apply the lessons you’ve learned preparing to go back to school to other parts of your life outside school, and, when it comes time to re-supply, follow the tips to stay prepared, organised and green.

Most of us as parents probably do in fact make fairly reasonable decisions when we send our children back to school but a check-list on ‘adopting green practices” is a good way  to remind us of the best, most economical, sensible and greenest way to start the new school year.

Even small changes you and your children make towards a greener ‘back to school’ approach, this will contribute positively to the bigger picture by saving on resources, helping the environment, improving your children’s health and ultimately saving you money. And don’t forget, these days, being green is cool! Why not tell your kids to share green ideas with their friends? (online via Facebook of course – it’s greener!).

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?









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!

There’s No Such Thing As Cheap Food

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

A phrase I find myself repeating more and more these days is “how much?!” I’m not talking about the price of electricity (the highest in Europe apparently) or the price of a cup of coffee at some coffee chains (also most definitely the highest in Europe!) but the price of food generally here in Cyprus which has gone through the roof.

No doubt this is partly down to world economics, but regardless of the reasons, gone are the days I could pop down to my local supermarket, load up on food supplies and other goodies barely glancing at the prices. Everything seemed far more reasonable then and certainly back in the days of the Cyprus pound, you seemed to get so much more for your money. I don’t feel too confident that we’ll ever return to the old days and perhaps I will sadly have to accept that high prices are here to stay, certainly for the foreseeable future, but I keep reminding myself that regardless of the world economy, there is, and never was such a thing as cheap food. This leads me onto the subject of my discussion…

In his book, Food Rules, Michael Pollan states "Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere. And if it isn’t paid at the cash register, it’s charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it’s charged to your health."
With my knowledge of the food industry and of the organic food sector in particular, I would certainly go along with that – it’s the same principle you would apply to almost anything you buy – you get what you pay for. Yet so many of us are prepared to compromise our health knowing at least to some extent what is involved with ‘conventional or mass’ food production.
Accepted, food is expensive enough as it is, especially organic food here in Cyprus -even I cannot dispute that. For example, a facebook fan recently contacted me to let me know that although she was delighted to have found a well-known brand of organic gluten-free rice pasta, it cost her 8.95 euros! The price of the pasta was obviously much harder to swallow than the actual pasta itself, but if you shop around you can still buy your organic basics at reasonable prices. At the end of the day, we have to eat to survive regardless and it is still important to buy fresh and nutritious food even if you are on a budget. It can be done!
It’s about being highly selective with what you are buying and yes, that should include organic produce of some of the more important items such as fruit, vegetables, milk and certainly meat (if you eat it) at the very least. All Organic health store in Limassol, for example, sells leafy-type salad vegetables from 49c so that’s worth a visit. Readers of my blogs will also be familiar with the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list which lists the most pesticide-ridden fruit so you can avoid those at the top of the list if organic is proving too costly.
It is always worth remembering; pay now or pay later. Consider organic eggs, for example. They cost more, but they’re WORTH more. —a cheaper cage egg just can’t compete. For more information about the benefits of eggs see my earlier blog “All About Eggs!”.
Finally, but very importantly, a key cooking ingredient where buying cheap is just NOT an option as far as your health is concerned are oils. Take this as a rule of thumb…if you squeeze an olive, you get oil out of it, but you might have noticed that if you squeeze corn, you don’t get anything like that! That should make you nervous, never mind the damage that comes when trying to make oils from substances not naturally oily: vegetable (which vegetable, exactly, is in this oil?), corn, safflower, soy, rapeseed. To make them, they have to be heated far beyond their tolerance, creating a rancidity that you would notice if they weren’t deodorised as well. These polyunsaturated oils contribute directly to creating plaques in the arteries. Saturated fat, on the other hand, does not, despite what you might have heard. Good fats including saturated fats like coconut oil and butter don’t go rancid (you’ll notice you can leave them out on your worktop).
Although I am a big fan of local organic olive oil, coconut oil is my oil of choice. The health  include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, , HIV and , dental care, and bone strength. These  can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. And the list goes on. There are plenty of websites providing a wealth of information about this important fruit and you can also find a good supplier of coconut oil in the green directory of my site
So, indeed, food has become very expensive but we still have to eat to survive so it is as important as ever to take care of your health. My advice is to buy good quality staples and cut back elsewhere on what I categorise as ‘unecessary’ items like fizzy drinks, processed foods and confectionery which I still see far too much of in people’s shopping trolleys! There is no such thing really as cheap food so be smart with your budget and eat well!

Coming up for air…

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

It may seem like I’ve been gone for a while but I am still here and up to my usual daily goings-on at The Yum Company! The only difference is that I’ve been much busier of late and although I would love to say I’ve just returned from a restful and refreshing holiday, unfortunately for me that’s not the case. That’s the trouble with running a business – you sometimes feel that you’re swimming underwater and need to come up for air! And I figured it was about time…

Those of you who follow what I’m up to at The Yum Company may be aware that I’ve also been busy working on Green Cyprus, The Yum Company’s sister site. I wanted to have an outlet for all things green, organic and eco-friendly covering aspects which stretched beyond the boundaries of food, and so setting up a site to cater for the broader audience seemed like a good thing to do. And that’s why I’ve been busier lately – not just preparing meals, but lots of new content for the Green Cyprus site too!


Being a good sister, Green Cyprus also carries news about The Yum Company and vice versa! It’s good to see that many Yum Company followers are now following Green Cyprus too.


Back at The Yum Company, life has as usual been pretty hectic and anyone running their own company will identify with this. As we approach the summer and business tends to slow down here in Cyprus, I am looking forward to finding some time to devote to working on some new aspects of the business including the addition of some new recipes to the range. I’ve had that on my to-do list for ages but there always seems to be many other diversions.


Developing new recipes may seem like an obvious thing to do and you may wonder why it can take so long to implement. The fact is, it’s a costly exercise. Not only do you have the new packaging costs and sourcing of new organic ingredients – but also nutritional analysis and shelf-life testing for each new addition to the range.


Then you have the distribution issue. At the moment, we’re still small and looking for other suitable outlets to place our meals and this takes time as you have to battle through the various organisational layers in the supermarkets! Then there’s all the associated costs with them actually allowing you to place the products on their shelves which can be prohibitive and indeed was for us with one major chain.


Fairly recently, some of you may recall that we were about to launch our new organic houmous. It tastes absolutely delicious and we were flooded with compliments when we sampled it at an event but the supermarket in question would not stock it. They explained their reasons but nevertheless, it was disappointing. However, our houmous is waiting in the wings. We hope that once the business grows, we will find an outlet for that too but as you can see, it’s not an easy road!


Moving onto a different but food-related subject, I would like to remind readers once again about the importance of avoiding chemical toxins in food. On the Green Cyprus site I recently posted an article about the dangers of 10 widely used chemicals and mixtures of chemicals including lead, methylmercury, organochlorine pesticides, endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol-A and phthalates, exhaust fumes, and flame retardants. You can read more about this and their effects on the developing brain on my site but I wanted to re-iterate once again, the importance of eating organic, unadulterated food since, because as we have come to expect, pesticides are once again implicated in this recent study.


The message is clear and as we have access to a fairly good variety of organic foods here in Cyprus we can certainly attempt to eliminate pesticides from our dinner plates. For further information about why you should eat organic, visit The Yum Company’s website 


Back at The Yum Company, as the week’s production schedule draws to a close, (and with Green Cyprus just about up and running) things have now calmed down a little… Finally there’s a chance to come up for some air and take a breather!