OUR CULTURE AND COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING THE PLANET
At Playa Cativo, we are dedicated to creating unique and unforgettable experiences for our guests. We strive for excellence in creating an inviting atmosphere and an elegant environment designed for our guests to restore and explore. We believe decadence is in the details and thoughtfully tailor our services to the specific needs and desires of each and every guest.
We are extremely passionate about protecting our planet and all of its precious inhabitants. And deeply committed to environmentally sustainable practices and invite our guests to share ideas, learn and be inspired to do their part to be mindful of Mother Earth while on-site and as they journey onward or return home. Even the smallest acts can contribute toward a better future for our fragile world. Some of the eco-conscious efforts we have implemented at Playa Cativo include:
Clean Electric Energy
As with many of the lodges and neighbors in the Golfo Dulce and Peninsula de Osa area, the lack of an electric grid creates the need to generate their own electricity on-site. At Playa Cativo Eco Lodge, we generate 100% clean electric energy by hydropower, complemented by solar panels. We also heat our water with solar power. The clean air and the silence by using these systems are truly appreciated by guests as much as by nature.
Organic Farm at Playa Cativo in Costa Rica
Initially, our produce was grown hundreds of kilometers away and needed to be transported by diesel-powered trucks to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez, and then kept in a cold room until brought by boat to Playa Cativo. This situation inspired our farm program to grow on-site fresh organic produce and significantly reduce the carbon footprint. We have successfully added many organic products, including tomatoes, carrots, yucca, peppers, beet, cilantro, celery, mustard, basil, green beans, beans, cucumbers, plantain as well as many herbs. We also grow fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, papayas, bananas, passion fruits, limes, oranges, mangos, star fruit and a large variety of exotic fruit.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste
Playa Cativo’s local commercial partners join us in our effort to reduce waste. We pack our purchases in large plastic bins without bags and buy nonperishable products in bulk. At the property, we have a collection center open for the community, where all waste is classified, separated and later taken to the Golfito recycling center. The organic waste is kept at Playa Cativo, and treated at our compost center to produce fertilizer and rich soil, and then used in our gardens and organic farm. Containers that can be reused are utilized on back-of-the-house activities or donated. These activities help to preserve our natural resources, reduce pollution and reduce waste.
All bathroom amenities, as well as cleaning and laundry products, are biodegradable and manufactured in Costa Rica to reduce carbon footprint. The use of biodegradable products significantly reduces the impact on the environment. We ask guests to use our complimentary quality products and avoid bringing non-biodegradable shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and similar products.
Waste Management and Carbon Foot-Print
Aside from the daily-operation efforts to recycle, reduce waste and minimizing the risk of any pollution, since starting its construction, Playa Cativo has been very careful to learn, plan and adopt best practices related to reuse and use of renewable materials. Over 80% of our building is biodegradable or reusable, and most unused construction materials were donated to nearby residents. The use of LED technology that reduces energy consumption and pollution when replacing light bulbs, a solar-powered filtering system for the swimming pool, four-stroke outboard engines in all our boats, and solar cloth drying system, are other sustainable actions that contribute to our goal to preserve the environment and natural resources.
Sustainability at our Eco-Lodge
Playa Cativo Eco Lodge aims to be 100% sustainable. We believe that the protection of the rainforest and ocean is the responsibility of the community as a whole. Therefore, our commitment and actions support the local economy and we work together with the area authorities. Most of our team members are from surrounding communities and they often volunteer in activities to preserve the area. Purchasing at the regional stores or directly from the producers’ fuels the local economy while guaranteeing the freshest of the products.
We currently support three projects carried out by scientists in our surrounding forest and the sea: a Coral Gardening Project, Acoustic of Spider Monkey and Sustainable use of Wild Vanilla Species. Our future projects include the restoration of the mangrove coverage of Playa Cativo, the creation of a tree nursery with the endangered species of trees and the support of a climate change adaptation strategy in the mangrove forest, the coral reefs and the Needle fish spawning areas in the coastal area of Piedras Blancas National Park.
Guests at Playa Cativo Lodge can help with all these initiatives and being able to learn about them. Right now, guests can take part in our monthly reef monitoring and when they want, they can join the coral gardening project when the divers come to Playa Cativo to do their monthly work in the coral nursery.