For many years now, the ΑΒ Vassilopoulos supermarket chain has been offering the Greek food market the best in every neighborhood, in every corner of the country, and adopting an eco-friendly direction, the company is also aware that it is high time we "Changed Habits". The environmental sensitivity displayed by AB Vassilopoulos is evident in every aspect of AB family daily life. The company that leads the way in Recycling, adopts pioneering environmental sustainability policies, while constantly integrating innovative systems for energy saving, waste management and recycling.
Since November 2003, AB Vassilopoulos, in cooperation with TEXAN, has successfully implemented the Individual Alternative Packaging Management System, becoming thus the first supermarket chain and the only company in both Greece and the whole of Europe to implement this system!
Assisted by AB Vassilopoulos initiatives, we change habits #allazoumesinithies.
PV Mobile Integrated Rewarding Recycling Center
In 2009 and 2010, AB Vassilopoulos, in cooperation with TEXAN, organized a long tour to the PV Mobile Integrated Rewarding Recycling Center operated by AB.
The PV Mobile Integrated Rewarding Recycling Center:
- is the world’s first and only one!
- is energy-autonomous
- does not need industrial three-phase power because the electricity required is produced from the sun
During the Center’s tour, several cities were visited; from Northern Greece to Rhodes and Crete, with the aim of environmental education of pupils and adults. The Mobile Center tour was supported by TV spots, radio spots and press releases, as well as presentations in newspapers and magazines; thousands of students and citizens visited the Center and were informed of the process and benefits of recycling and subsequently recycled their packaging.
The cities visited by the PV "Mobile Integrated Rewarding Recycling Center" during the tour were the following:
THE 1ST WORLDWIDE MOBILE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RECYCLING
The 1st WORLDWIDE MOBILE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RECYCLING has been developed by the ‘Individual Alternative Packaging Management System’ by AB Vassilopoulos, approved by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, with a view to cultivating pupils’ environmental awareness and educating the public on sustainable development and circular economy.
The double-decker bus, with the design, ownership and industrial patent belonging to TEXAN, has been traveling across Greece and in an original way, has encouraged everyone and mainly young children to be informed, to recycle( since an automated recycling machine of plastic and metal packages is available on board the bus) and to participate in interactive actions on environmental protection. It is an innovative and creative means of fostering environmental awareness, being a critical factor for a better future.
The electric power needed to operate the automated Rewarding Recycling machine for metal and plastic packaging and the audiovisual media of the MOBILE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RECYCLING is provided by a special photovoltaic panels system, fired by solar energy, thus constituting a unique example of ‘green and eco-friendly action’. TEXAN SA is also a pioneer in the transportation of pupils and teachers to and from the point of operation of the mobile center.
With its journey already under way having visited many Greek cities since 2018, the pilot educational center contributes to instilling the environmental awareness into the minds of young and older people making them aware of how, by changing habits in their lives, they take an essential step towards environmental protection.
The specialized training team shall convey the principles of recycling, in a sustainable manner through:
- educational activities
- Abundant, specially designed material
helping our little friends:
- know what recyclable materials are
- learn smart ways to recycle in their daily lives
- become familiar with the concept of recycling as a process and as a practice of great importance for the environment
- realize the importance of recycling as a means for a greener planet
Step 1 – We recycle!
The first level of the Center involves the practical environmental education of the recycling process.
By using the automated Rewarding Recycling machine for metal and plastic packaging, students learn practical issues related to Recycling.
Step 2 – We turn recycling into knowledge!
The second level (floor) involves the implementation of theoretical environmental education on Recycling. Through a specially designed audiovisual educational material, our little friends gain important and reliable knowledge about environmental protection and recycling.
Official presentation – Opening Ceremony
The 1st worldwide mobile "Center for Environmental Education and Recycling", with the design, ownership and industrial patent belonging to TEXAN, was first presented to the public and journalists at an extremely successful event entitled #allazoumesinithies, held on Tuesday 20 March 2018 in the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens with Mary Synatsaki and Georgios Mavridis as presenters.
The company AB Vassilopoulos, sponsor of the mobile "Center for Environmental Education and Recycling", once again demonstrates its sensitivity to the environment with this new educational initiative.
AB Vassilopoulos was granted major awards for the Mobile Center for Environmental Education & Recycling for 3 consecutive years, such as:
2018: Golden Award in the Environmental Awards 2018 for the Mobile Center for Environmental Education & Recycling
2019: Golden Award in the Section SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT for the Mobile Environmental Education & Recycling Center
2020: Silver Award in the Section SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT for the Mobile Environmental Education & Recycling Center