Nicolas Resimont is the Director of Nico Dives Cool, a dive shop based in Bali. His love for the ocean and the strong desire to protect it prompted him to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, and he aims to inspire others to do the same – from his dive guests and employees to the local community.
“Though it is hard to say what real impact we have on our customers, I can definitively see an increase in awareness among my guests,” says Resimont. “Some of them are already aware of the importance of changing our lifestyle and consumption habits while others agree with our message and realise the impact of their actions.”
Frequent beach and underwater cleanups are part of his monthly calendar while his team of local dive guides and divemasters are encouraged to do the same. The team is regularly trained by Nicolas on how to respect and protect the ocean and its marine life – why there is a need to protect the environment and slow down our consumption of plastic, and how marine life should be treated.
In his business, he uses natural cleaning products, non-plastic lunchboxes and reusable water bottles to set the right example to the local community and tourists coming to dive with him. But this is certainly a challenge on a less-developed island such as Bali.
“In Bali, it’s difficult because everything at the supermarket is sold in small quantities and wrapped in plastic packaging. We do most of our shopping at the traditional market, which is great as we support small businesses and eat natural food,” Nicolas explains.
Apart from providing his staff and clients with coral-safe organic sunscreen, Nicolas also hands out reusable bottles and bags to encourage those around him to follow in his footsteps. “Being environmentally responsible is not a one-day challenge but a whole change in mindset – step by step, big things will happen.”
ABOVE Beach cleanups and guest education are an integral part of Nicolas’ lifestyle