1. Finding alternatives to plastic
Welcome changes to environmental laws have urged resorts to find alternatives to disposable or ‘single-use’ plastic. We have therefore seen an overhaul in just how much plastic is used in a number of resorts. Materials that are certified as organic are being implemented in the production of commonly-used items. One of the most obvious changes has been a complete removal of plastic straws from properties, or the implementation of recycled materials such as avocado stone to make them.
2. Protecting the neighbors – local fauna
Take a beachfront resort, for example. Imagine how the presence of a resort can have on natural fauna in the surroundings, the area where these ‘locals’ go about their day-to-day mischief. In order to mitigate such circumstances, certain resorts have implemented programs and strategies to ensure that our furry (and not so furry) friends are always taken into consideration and their best interests looked after.
The Moon Palace complex, for example, has strict conservation programs in place, as well as being fiercely responsible for 315 hectares of protected natural reserve. What’s more, as part of the annual Sea Turtle Conservation Program, Palace Resorts protects and saves baby sea turtles which hatch on stretches of more than 9 km of coastline. Helping these adorable creatures initiate their journey across the sea has essentially become one of the most fulfilling things to do in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
3. Strict regulation of recycling programs
Apart from reducing waste and using recycled materials, environmentally responsible resorts also have strict recycling programs in place. For such programs to be a success, communication, ongoing training, and frequent recycling audits are vital to ensure waste is correctly cleaned and separated. When considering an all-inclusive luxury resort in Mexico, it is always a good idea to pick one which is fully committed to such programs and which recycles everything from plastic, card, tetrapak, and glass, to used oil, organic waste and more.