— Emilio Heredia, Project Director at Papaya Playa Project
The name Papaya Playa Project is congruent with our mission to constantly seek to improve our natural surroundings, our community, and ourselves. We have therefore put into action an ambitious sustainability and social responsibility project to lead a more conscious operation and to inspire others to do the same.
On July 2015 we launched our mission to achieve a zero emissions and zero contamination community.
The property in Papaya Playa Project could easily carry a 1,500 room all inclusive hotel if we followed the crowd like most developers along the Riviera Maya coast.
Replicating their business models such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, would permanently create an ambient light pollution and so much competition for the stars that they would, somehow, disappear in the night sky. However, the resort has retained 93% of the original jungle. This compares to the norm in the region of just 5%, and 30% which is the local environmental regulation.
Papaya Playa Project is a responsible hotel committed to highest standards, such as assuring the water which guests bathe in has the highest quality, while using the lowest energy consumption for treatment.
Our drinking water is being transformed using the very latest environmentally friendly technology which also uses less energy for processing then typical systems. Pool water uses less chemicals and energy as well, for cleaning and enjoyment.
Tulum embodies the fusion of nature, leisure and spirituality. It offers physical, emotional, sensual and intellectual experiences. In keeping with this, Tulum will be shaped along sustainable and social principles.
In this regard, we have started an initiative, called United for Tulum, in which business owners, government officials and civil society have come together to work on this vision. The first blossoms of their hard work resulted in the signing of a Memorandum on July 1st, 2011 in Tulum of Quintana Roo. We see our vision for Tulum starting to manifest.
Equally critical, wastewater is treated and becomes recycled water for the irrigation of our plants and jungles. Our food is locally grown wherever possible and comes from organic gardens. Papaya Playa Project has an existing cashew nut orchard with 150 banana and coconut trees were we are planning to revitalize the soil naturally with micro-nutrients and organic fertilizers to revive the soil throughout the plantation while adding more trees.
We are working on expanding our plantation with chickoo, papaya, pineapple, guava, jackfruit, breadfruit, banana, cashew, coconut, and watermelon.