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Sargassum: A Natural Resource

Sargassum: A Natural Resource

Although the sargassum has made some of the beaches and waters along the Caribbean coast of Mexico a bit unpleasant for some travelers, enterprising entrepreneurs are turning the tide by repurposing this natural resource in new and innovative ways, making and distributing new products throughout Mexico and worldwide.  Food industry products Sargassum is a type of seaweed which has many useful natural properties, one of which is alginic acid, a natural thickener and emulsifier that can be used in the food industry.  Bio-fuels Sargassum can be used to make ethanol for biofuel, and as a fertilizer, as well as many other eco-friendly products.  Paper products Sargassum is a great product for producing paper goods without cutting down trees! It contains cellulose and hemi-cellulose, which are natural raw materials used to make paper. Notebooks, craft paper, paper cups, and restaurant menu holders are being made from sargassum in Mexico.  Skin care, hair care and makeup Sargassum is being used to make moisturizers, sunscreen, hair strengthening treatments, and cosmetics in Mexico. These natural products are taking advantage …

Beaches Without Sargassum

Beaches Without Sargassum

Sargassum has been present on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean in larger than normal quantities since the summer of 2013. Climate change and other environmental factors have caused ocean conditions to change, making the Caribbean Sea ripe for the bloom of this seaweed. Fish, turtles, and other marine life love the sargassum, but maybe you would prefer to have a clear beach for your vacation!  Villa del Palmar Villa del Palmar Cancun is located in Playa Mujeres, which has fortunately been spared from much of the influx of sargassum that Cancun’s hotel zone, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Puerto Morelos are seeing.  The beach at Villa del Palmar still has crystal clear water, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, and a clean beach with sand free of seaweed. Our crews perform daily beach cleanings, so our guests can enjoy the beautiful white sands that Cancun is known for.  Isla Mujeres  The island of Isla Mujeres, just across the water from Villa del Palmar Cancun, also has not been hit so hard by the sargassum algae. …