If you want to stay earth friendly, stay at a resort that is trying to make a difference. They are available in all price ranges. Do your research, don’t just pick a hotel because it says “Eco” but check on their website to see what they are actually doing. I did some searching of Mexico & The Caribbean and here is the information on two resort chains that stood out to me: Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts and Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa. The info below is taken directly from their sites.
Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offer their guests a new and unique vacation experience focused on wellness, serenity and romance, as well as social and environmental responsibility. They are also defined by their socially responsible and environmentally sensitive philosophy. They respect the beauty of their spectacular settings by recycling, carefully controlling energy usage, minimizing air pollution and protecting marine life. Their stewardship reaches beyond their own property and into nearby towns and villages through community projects and volunteer guest programs. At Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos , the socially responsible and environmentally-friendly practices range from an extensive paper and water recycling and reuse process to weekly beach cleaning campaigns.
Guests heading to the Dominican Republic and staying at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas and Dreams Resorts & Spas can also contribute medical supplies, requested by the Red Cross, at any of their resorts. They will have them delivered to local relief centers and taken to Haiti for those in need.
Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa hotel strives to be the number one eco-hotel in the Mayan Riviera – Not only by highlighting its natural beauties, such as its many cenotes, mangroves and regional animals; but also through constant innovation and projects, emphasizing the conservation of the environment and the awareness-raising of the public. Sandos Hotels & Resorts is committed to the environment, as they are reducing and preventing the environmental impact related to their activities by making their workers, guests, suppliers and the community, aware of how they can start an ecological culture, in order to contribute on saving the planet.
Sandos also accepts donations of clothes and toys for the less fortunate children of Playa del Carmen. You can donate them upon arrival and Sandos Caracol will distribute them.
Happy 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!