Over thirty Riviera Maya businesses and organizations turned out to display their eco-friendly wares and spread the word about environmental responsibility at the 2nd annual Think Green Eco-Expo. Covering several blocks of Playa del Carmen's world famous 5th Avenue, this year's festival was expertly organized and executed by event coordinators Melissa Meno and Courtney Venus. Businesses providing all-natural bath and beauty products, organic food producers, and restaurants shared the spotlight with distributors of products made with recycled materials, solar and wind power companies and designers of self sustainable housing solutions and bamboo furnishings. Parque la Ceiba and the Riviera Maya's first eco-friendly school, Ak Lu'um, had delightful workshop areas set up with an array of fun projects and hand craft instructors and even a pizza dough making station to keep little heads and hands busy while parents enjoyed the wide variety of exhibits. This second annual Eco Expo was sponsored by Agua San Andres, Sandos Eco Resort, Alltournative and Ideas del Mar with special thanks to Lenin Amaro, the municipal director of economic development. Funds raised will go to support ongoing projects from the eco group MOCE Yax Cuxtal and "Huertos Organicos Urbanos" organized by the Municipality of Solidaridad.

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Siobhan Bowers, faculty leader for Ak Lu'um International School served up homemade muffins.

Think Green Eco Expo
Leo, aka DJ Somos, spinning cool tunes to entertain the guests and exhibitors.

Think Green Eco Expo
The staff from Parque la Ceiba

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
Arts and crafts for children

Riviera Maya Eco Expo
Event Coordinator, Courtney Venus and friend

Think Green Eco Expo
Organic honey and coffee

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
A family affair, Alex Meno offering tasty mini Chicago Style pizzas!

Think Green Eco Expo
The kids learn origami from the teachers at Ak Lu'um School

Think Green Eco Expo
Teacher and Chef, Sara Moen makes pizza dough with the kids

Riviera Maya Eco Expo
Faculty leader Gabriela Nunez and supporter Gabi Waldert man the Ak Lu'um table


Alicia Meno shows of the fabulous bags from Tote le Monde

Think Green Eco Expo
Eco friendly soaps and cleansers

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
Tiffany Rothe and friends from Playa del Carmen's famous Center 8 Studio

Think Green Eco Expo
Adorable t-shirts fro Eco Kids

Think Green Eco Expo
Stacy Koeckeritz,owner of Bambu Sur and the organizer of Playa's Sustainable Saturday Workshops

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
Beautiful and sustainable Bamboo furniture and accessories

Riviera Maya Eco Expo
Meat free, soy free meals from Playa Raw

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
Renato and Christian, the handsome and talented chef and owner from Zabor Restaurant!

Playa del Carmen Eco Expo
The energetic and effervescent Melissa Meno, event coordinator and super cool chica!