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Founder, Sahar Mansoor, in her own words is - "an accidental entrepreneur, though I come from a family of serial entrepreneurs. Bare Necessities started in the pursuit of zero waste living and living a lifestyle congruent to my own values. I felt overwhelmed with India’s trash problem. I was confronted by it every day seeing piles of garbage on the streets. I spent time with local waste pickers and watched them sort through waste with their bare hands. I started to think of the environmental, health and social justice issues associated with our garbage problem.
I wanted to stop being part of the problem. My solution was to live a lifestyle that best reflects the values I cared about. I have been living a zero waste lifestyle for
two and a half years now. In that time, I have produced only half a kilogram of trash, all of which fits in a 500 ml jar. In my zero waste journey, I realized that it was impossible to find personal care and home care products that didn’t contain harmful chemicals and weren’t packaged in plastic.
In response to this problem, I wanted to create a company that mirrored the values of zero waste, ethical consumption and sustainability. I wanted to make it easy for other people looking to consume more mindfully and to encourage others to produce less waste."
Bare Necessities was born.
Using a people-centered and earth-centered approach, Bare Necessities addresses serious flaws in manufacturing, distribution, and consumption by innovating and providing sustainable solutions to waste, and identifying problems that more companies need to address if they want to be innovative and socially-conscious.
Relying on ethical sourcing from local farmers and vendors and by emphasising the employment of women, Bare Necessities solves the often-ignored yet growing problem of waste, and provides ethical and innovative solutions that benefits consumers and society.
BN is passionate about creating products that are handcrafted in India. It is exciting to incorporate indigenous, ancient ingredients whose benefits we have probably heard of but never really experienced for ourselves such as, turmeric!
We take a cradle-to-cradle approach to every product, from the design to manufacturing to distribution. All our products are powered by natural, bare Indian ingredients; which have no harmful impacts on our health or environment.
We are in the largest global garbage crisis of our lifetime, which means that every toothbrush, shampoo bottle and personal care product plastic bottle you have used in your lifetime currently exists on the planet somewhere!
Everyone on this planet needs to become involved. Every little effort helps in moving humanity toward a circular economy methodology that lives more sustainably with nature.
By producing zero-waste products, hosting educational workshops and conducting sustainability consulting services, we seek to change the narrative on waste in India and demonstrate that any individual can positively impact their community, through inspiring others to reduce waste and think consciously about their impact on the world.
Making Zero-Waste the Norm, not an Exception!