Participation in the PachaMama Work Exchange program entails a responsibility and commitment to adhere to the community’s ecological guidelines and support its efforts at sustainability. Work Exchangers will take a radical pledge: to become part of the Solution, not part of the Problem. The guiding principle of this pledge is to Leave No Trace, making conscious changes to consumption habits and shifting into a zero-waste lifestyle.
This means not bringing outside packaging, including: tetra packs, plastic bags, straws, plastic water bottles, plastic wraps, aluminum foil, metal cans, one-time-use items and non-biodegradable hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, soaps), etc. for the entire stay in PachaMama.
The village’s Jungle Shop sells food and hygiene products that are safe for the earth and this ecosystem – biodegradable and free from harmful, disposable packaging.
In addition, PachaMama is a vegetarian community and does not allow meat or fish products to be brought in from outside, including canned or dried items.