On Saturday, December 1st, Moskito Riviera Maya hosted its very first beach cleanup, inviting the Moskito team members, including office staff, maintenance, and housekeeping to participate, as well as other locals and expatriates who call Playa del Carmen their home, to spend the morning beautifying our beaches.
The clean up started on Calle 46 (CTM) and finished at Calle 88. Calle 88 has recently been certified as a “Blue Flag Beach“, a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education. This certification is awarded to a beach that meets certain criteria, including environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services.
Read more about “Blue Flag Beaches” here.
It was a family affair, with many Moskito team members bringing their kiddos to help with the pickup. A great way to teach children the importance of not only throwing our trash in the right place, but also, reducing our consumption of single-use plastic, styrofoam, and other materials that can take years to decompose.
Thankfully, the beach looked pretty darn good and there wasn’t much garbage to pick up. The event ended at Diversity Diving and Que Huevos, two local businesses on 5th Avenue. Diversity Diving provided water and fresh fruit, Que Huevos also had a water stand and coffee, and some participants chose to stay after the event ended for a delicious breakfast.
As a thank you for those who helped, Moskito gave reusable shopping bags and reusable water bottles for the kids and a raffle for prizes that included reusable metal straws, bamboo silverware sets, and mesh veggie bags, from Forever Straws Mexico and a free dinner at The Tiny Tiki Hut, a great new restaurant and favorite hangout for many locals and expats!
It was an excellent morning of service, making new friends, making our beach look BEAUTIFUL, and getting our exercise in for the day. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry, Moskito promises to have more events like this in the future!