Twenty-three ambassadors paid a visit to the facilities of Apivita natural cosmetics company in Markopoulo, southeast of Athens, on Tuesday.
Company president Nikos Koutsianas said the invitation was for ambassadors to tour the bioclimatic factory of Apivita, the beehives, and the Hippocratic garden of the company, and to see an example of a company following sustainable development principles.
The facilities use natural lighting and ventilation; rainwater is collected for irrigation of the gardens of indigenous Greek plants and herbs; waste products are processed organically; a geothermal system is in place, and roofs have been covered with plants.
Company staff gave tours of the company’s sections. Deputy Foreign Minister for Overseas Greeks Terens Quick, and export agency Enterprise Greece president Christos Staikos, also joined the tour.
The visiting ambassadors were representing the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Vietnam.
Last September, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras also paid a visit to Apivita where he compared the company to the Spanish soccer club Barcelona, saying: “What Barcelona is for football, Apivita is for cosmetics products.”