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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

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