Let's protect mother nature with Ammonite System
Back to the future - change the world with us!
I close my eyes, at least for a moment to go back in time to my childhood. For this feeling of grass slightly wet with dew under my bare feet. The refreshing scent of the July lake carried by the south-west wind. From the pier which I can see the bottom several meters below the surface of the water. I put an old, too large mask on my face. My father threw stones into the water which I with the enthusiasm of a diver explorer, excavated. Several wooden sailboats were tackling lazily in the distance. My father only warned me against going deeper into the forest - he didn't want me to hurt myself. There was no rubbish bin anywhere around, so the nearby bushes performed its function. No one was surprised then.
Today, on the same beach I feel concrete under my feet. The refreshing scent turned to a stench from a nearby modern "eco" farm packed with thousands of poor pigs. Car exhaust fumes from the nearby parking lot which is overcrowded to the limit. From the pier, I can see a few fish swimming belly-up and visibility for a few centimetres. The several-meter-long queue to the fast-food booth announces further packaging and the other rubbish "flying" everywhere except in garbage bins spaced every 5 meters. In the distance tipsy townspeople go crazy on water scooters, swimming into the reeds from which frightened wild ducks run away. I do not go into the water, I run away. Fortunately, there are still a few reservoirs around the world where I can safely dive in my fitted, expensive, new equipment. Only those crowds underwater again.
After a time, after the season or when I have enough my local dive spots I decide to go on vacation. I want to rest. I want to dive in perfect conditions. I deliberately look for virgin, off-the-trail, little-visited and remote places. Exotic Asian islands, a safari in the south of the Red Sea, Greek west coast, caves in Mexico. Eventually!
Everything looks beautiful from the perspective. These views! This nature! This Climate! I feel special, I feel like I'm breathing again!
Until I look around me within a few meters. The beautiful white sand beach somewhere on the Indian Ocean is full of plastic bags, flip-flops, toothbrushes, bottles. If you sleep in an expensive resort their staff will clean it for you every morning. If not, you clean yourself. Such beaches are a standard around the world, from Greece, through the Maldives to the Caribbean.
You jump into the water ready to experience a great adventure. Already on the surface, you start to choke because your boat's leaking diesel exhaust. While diving, you wonder why this reef is so grey, why there are fewer fish than a few years ago? Where does this worse visibility come from? When and how the plastic ceiling above me was created? And then suddenly you will see a huge Manta! A real sea devil with bloody marks created by fishing nets. It's still fun after all but you feel that something is wrong. At the stop, you see that someone has not listened to the boat master again and is using the restroom at the stop. The water changes colour quickly under the boat. You are laughing out loud, crying in your soul.
In the pristine cave of the Yucatan, you are convinced of diving in a place that only a select few of scuba explorers have seen before you. But from wherein these corridors at the bottom you can see chaotically scattered pieces of rope, markers and broken aged stalagmites and stalactites.
We are probably getting closer to the limit of Mother Nature's tolerance to our aggressive activity. If we do not slow down and change our approach it will certainly deal with us in its violent way, but we will not come out of it unscathed.
We cannot keep blaming others. We cannot say that we are too small to make a difference. Let's start with ourselves. Let us verify our habits, unnecessary comforts, and reduce our interference with nature to a minimum. Of course, let's keep the balance and not go from the extreme to the extreme. We only take as much as we need and leave a minimal trace.
The Ammonite System team took our and our children's future to heart. We want future generations not to have to get to know concrete forests, beaches polluted with plastic or dead reefs from childhood. We start with ourselves and encourage you to take action.
First of all, we reduce the use of plastic packaging in the equipment sent to you to a minimum. Plastic, impractical and actually "single-use" cases have been replaced by solid recycled cardboard packaging.
We also got rid of the foam inserts without any sentiment.
This solution reduces the carbon footprint in the production of our diving equipment. The lack of plastic cases also means a smaller volume of packages sent to you and the ability to easier assemble the desired sets in a variety of configurations.
Of course, we cannot leave you without the possibility of securing the equipment in transport. Shortly we will present to you our latest heavy-duty, waterproof transport bags which will be perfect to carry your diving equipment for those nearby dives as well as advanced expeditions into the depths of the jungle.
Diving lights and accumulators which we passionately create in Poland from the best components will serve you for years. We make every effort to ensure that every even the smallest part of our equipment meets the highest standards of durability and functionality. In our catalogue, you will not find hundreds of different products. We focus on proven and selected solutions. Each set of our lights or accumulators before it reaches your hands undergoes detailed tests of electronics and tightness but this is nothing compared to what its went through during the design process. If you use them as recommended and regularly service them, they will brighten your underwater world for many years to come. Thanks to this we reduce the amount of waste and build a solid Polish brand.
We actively support some initiatives positively influencing the improvement of the underwater ecosystem. A good example is our cooperation with an international non-profit organization operating since 2009. Ghost Diving brings together volunteers, primarily technical divers who specialize in the removal of lost nets, fishing gear and other marine debris. This organization was formerly known as Ghost Fishing. To date, the Ghost Diving team has carried out diving projects independently or in cooperation with several international organizations dealing with environmental protection and/or diving, such as Healthy Seas Foundation, Greenpeace, WWF, Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Global Underwater Explorers.
Our mission is also to educate beginner divers. We encourage everyone to take care of our environment. Let's admire the underwater world by leaving only bubbles behind. Let us not touch the bottom unnecessarily, don’t grab the elements of a coral reef animals. If you find garbage under or above water, take it with you. Do not litter the water reservoirs yourself by building underwater attractions from toxic and uncleaned wrecks or garbage. Go diving with your partner in one car. Don't be passive to the recklessness of others. Consciously buy equipment that will serve you for a long time.
Let's change the world together for the better, in harmony with nature.