Fairmont Mayakoba strives every day to minimize its impact and protect the valuable ecosystems of Mayakoba. It has a an energy saving program that represents an investment of 8 million pesos (more than US$500,000) in the acquisition of 436 televisions, 12,780 LED lights and software-controlled air conditioning, which have saved 188,933 KWh and reduced CO2 emissions by 83 tons per year.
In the construction of the property, water-saving toilets and efficient showers and sinks were installed, which save nearly 800 gallons (3,000 liters) of water every day. The laundry department uses products that are 100% biodegradable and they save more than 100 gallons (400 liters) of water in each washing cycle. We also invite our guests to participate in the program to change towels and sheets only when asked, which saves more than 17,000 gallons (65,000 liters) of water per year.
The hotel separates and disposes of all wastes responsibly. Recyclable materials are delivered to a collection company that takes them to companies where they are reused to make other products. Organic waste is donated to two farms for animal feed, which has kept more the 14 tons of waste from going to the landfill annually. Plant waste from pruning green areas is used to make compost. With these measures, 70% of hotel wastes are recycled or reused.
Whenever possible, we obtain local, organic foods that are acquired sustainably and fairly. Our menus exclude any endangered species and we strictly respect closed harvest seasons. Each year, we recover 1,450 gallons (5,500 liters) of vegetable oil from the kitchens, which is used to produce biodiesel.
To support local social and economic development, we promote the Muyil Forest and Float Tour with our guests, operated by Community Tours Sian Ka'an, a community tour operator to which we donated US$5,000 for the construction of bathrooms in the Muyil area, an essential facility for the operation of the tour and the cooperative. We also donated US$10,000 to a group of Maya women for the development of medicinal products based on honey that we sell in our spa, and we provided US$15,000 to the Oceanus association for the restoration of corals in the Mesoamerican Reef System.