While on our premises, you must wear a face mask, keep social distance, and comply with our Protocols at all times.
— 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.
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.
In collaboration with the Municipality of Tulum and Grupo Tortuguero del Caribe Papaya Playa Project we’ve developed a turtle protection program, in which during the months of May to October, a team of biologists patrols the hotel beach to find new nests, help the turtles during nesting and collaborate so that each newborn turtle reaches the water safe and sound. Thanks to this program we have managed to protect 580 turtle nests, helping 39,477 turtles to reach the sea.
The organization aims to promote campaigns for the protection of sea turtles, waste management, coral propagation, reforestation, species monitoring, illegal fishing, anti-captivity of marine mammals and species trafficking. They also provide training in techniques for environmental conservation, disseminate educational programs and workshops in communities, promote areas for conservation, and make agreements with universities to support research projects.
We are committed to preserving the original ecosystem. We know that we are part of the habitat of different species with which we coexist. Within the property live cats, birds, iguanas, coatis, raccoons, spider monkeys and other species that maintain their natural habitat preserved within the property, we take care of them working with local organization in case one of them needs medical attention.
We’ve always been committed to giving back to the local community. Every month the hotel works with local organizations to collect donations of toys, clothes, and basic needs for families in need. We recognize the importance of supporting the local community and see this as a way to not only give back but also to create a stronger bond between the hotel and the people who live in the area.
We aim to make a positive impact in our communities, as part of our community projects, we donate plastic caps to AMANC, the Mexican Association for Aid to Children with Cancer, participating in a recycling program in which employees, managers and suppliers donate plastic caps that It allows the foundation to generate economic resources to continue providing support to children and adolescents with cancer, helping them to continue with their treatments and have a higher quality of life.
Once a month, employees and community members meet on our beach to clean microplastics and waste that washes up on the beach with the tides. This activity is part of our sustainability program, reaffirming our commitment to the environment and encouraging our community to be part of these actions.
Cecilio Chi is located at 31.3 kilometers away from Tulum is a small town of approximately 1500 hectares, we help more than 40 families giving them tools so that they can integrate to the community, every Saturday in our celebrations we are fortunate to have them selling their delicious tacos which they prepare with the help of everyone in their community from feeding the animals, creating the recipes, growing corn, all the way to a glorious taco served.
As part of our commitment of taking care of our environment we work together with Puntos Limpios, an organization that aims to create a circular economy sparing waste and recyclable materials to help our environment and our selves to have a better life quality. The sustainable management of waste means mitigating to the maximum the impacts that waste generates in the natural environment. When recyclable materials are taken to an appropriate destination, they become raw materials for the manufacture of new products. In this way, they enter a system known as a circular economy, since they return to nature without causing new impacts.