Let’s Make Cyprus Green (LMCG) aims to spread awareness to the public about the dangers to the planet, especially the harm done through excessive use of plastic. We hope to encourage residents, as well as visitors to the island, into a more eco-friendly lifestyle, as the beaches here in Cyprus have quickly become abodes for garbage and debris, most of it being plastic.
“Going Green” is a phrase that essentially means choosing to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. When you “Go Green” you gain knowledge and adopt habits that lead to environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible choices and ways of living which help to protect the environment and sustain its natural resources.
LMCG aims to tackle plastic pollution through:
- By publishing articles about the environment and “Green Tips” on how to save the planet with the right choices in energy, water, recycling & waste, air quality and food and living a healthy lifestyle, as well as information about climate change and sustainability.
- By developing classroom presentations in schools which include beach clean-up field trips for students of all ages to encourage children to get involved in and learn about eco-issues. The LMCG team believes that by educating our youth about the damage of plastic and littering, they will grow to become environmentally conscious and think about the consequences of their choices, behaviours, and purchases.
- By properly informing others about the severe state of plastic pollution, it gives them the option to change their lifestyle habits in a way that can be beneficial to the planet.
Action – “It is only when you pick it up that you realise how much litter there is.” LMCG organises frequent clean-up events to stop waste from entering the sea. These events raise community awareness about the severity of littering and marine debris. These clean-up events are open to the public, and LMCG encourages everyone to become part of the solution by participating in these events. During the beach clean-ups, litter is collected, recorded and recycled or disposed of properly. Approximately 80% of the litter is found to be plastic. Littering is entirely a man-made problem; therefore, making it preventable. By recording and analysing data on the trash collected, the public, local businesses, and government officials can be made aware of the harm it causes and long-term solutions can be found to combat the problem.
Prevention – Plastic is a material that was developed as recently as 1907, but its use has risen exponentially. Now, quite suddenly, it is realised how much damage it is doing to the environment. If people actively refused to use plastic, there would be no more demand for it. LMCG has come out with its own line of environmentally friendly products ranging from Drinking Straws made from stainless steel, bamboo, glass and paper, Reusable Produce Bags for fruits and vegetables, Stainless Steel Bottles and Bamboo Toothbrushes.
These products are an eco-friendly alternative to everyday dangerous plastic products; they are made from environmentally friendly materials, therefore preventing future pollution on the island. They are designed with environmentally friendly materials that do not cause any unnecessary harm. LMCG has implemented a strict product principle for their production process. Every product must have at least two of the three following criteria:
- Be compostable or biodegradable so they do not stay around in the environment for very long
- Contain no toxins or harmful ingredients
- Made from recycled or recyclable materials
LMCG is committed to eliminate plastic waste on the island and continues to develop an even wider variety of high-quality eco-friendly products. We are reaching out to businesses and encouraging them to reduce their annual consumption of plastic through the use of their eco-friendly products. By partnering with local businesses, less toxic plastic will be consumed and discarded thereby creating a “greener” Cyprus. Businesses interested in improving their brand image by aligning with environmental values can contact us to request a meeting to discuss their needs.
Making a country “Green” is a long and arduous process. LMCG needs an army of passionate, like-minded people in order to help it along and make a big impact. You can support us by:
- Becoming a member
- Making a donation so that beach clean-ups can continue
- Making a donation so that the public awareness can be raised and education in the classrooms can continue
- Switching to using the products offered to contribute to a more eco-friendly environment.
We at LMCG are extremely passionate in our quest to make Cyprus “Green” for its people now and future generations to come. Each and every one of us is responsible for the future of our planet. Together we can make a difference!