I am helping the environment.
Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun is committed to promoting a sustainable tourism environment by employing a variety of eco-friendly and socially responsible practices. Check out the following ways that Now Sapphire is going green:
Now Sapphire was recently recognized by the Rainforest Alliance for implementing a waste management program in its Exemplary Practices for Sustainable Tourism publication. Click here to learn more!Rainforest Alliance Certified: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun has achieved significant and measurable sustainability milestones and has been awarded with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ mark. The requirements for certification are aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. This certification assures the commitment of Now Sapphire to reduce the impact of its activities on the planet and local communities.
Save the Children
Guests of Now Sapphire have the unique opportunity to help the children of Quintana Roo. For $30 USD per person, guests can purchase a special dinner at either Cibu or Paramour restaurant and the money raised helps maintain toy libraries, prevent childhood obesity, and prevent the exploitation of children in Quintana Roo.
Saving Our Sharks
As a standard, our resort restaurants never serve any meals that include any shark species. We continue to support the conservation of sharks with programs like the Saving Our Sharks association through monthly donations to continue research on the state of the wild shark populations.
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
By the support of the ecological group Sierra Gorda AC. we reduce our carbon footprint with the reforestation of the Sierra Gorda forest in the state of Queretaro which leads to increased oxygen produced by the forest. This is directly managed by the community, generating sources of employment and at the same time, we are offsetting our carbon footprint.
Stewardship: To further reaffirm their commitment to the local community, handmade, local products are sold in the shops and stores. Additionally, soft and hard goods are donated to local charities.
In 2016, Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun's waste management program:
- Avoided 427 tons of food waste by recycling compost and livestock food. This waste is equivalent to the waste generated by 1,170 people in a year.
- In addition, 51 tons of plastic, cardboard, paper, and aluminum were recycled. That is equivalent to the waste generated by 1,700 people in a month.
- Of the above, 21 tons of paper and cardboard were recycled which amounted to 68.4 tons of CO2 and saved 488 trees from being cut down.
Now Sapphire participated in the reforestation of the Cancun-Tulum road with 150 ceiba trees. This helped reduce the carbon footprint during our guests' visits and beautify the community with native species.
We also have continuous training on climate change, separation of hazardous waste, and we work closely with environmental care experts and the government to reduce our impact on the environment.
Proudly, Now Sapphire's family of collaborators implemented actions in support of the Mayan community El Naranjal located at Ignacio Zaragoza, which has a beautiful cenote and archeological remains. Through the donation of school supplies and toys we promoted the integral development of children in the community. We also shared in the local tradtions on January 6 by delivering food to the community.