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Our Story

Our Story

MAKING ZERO WASTE THE NORM, AND NOT THE EXCEPTION 

Bare Necessities began to change the waste narrative in India & beyond. 

We are on track to divert 5000 Kilograms of plastic 2025

Accidental Entrepreneur: How Sahar Mansoor Founded Bare Necessities

Sahar Mansoor is the Founder and CEO at Bare Necessities —a hub for zero-waste living in India. Sahar has been living a low impact lifestyle for the past 5 years. She has built Bare Necessities, a social enterprise that produces zero waste personal and lifestyle products. Sahar is also a Penguin Random House author of the book titled “Bare Necessities - How to lead a Zero Waste Life”

For her work in changing the narrative on waste in India, Sahar has been recognized by Google India as ‘The Most Inspiring Indian of the Year’. 

A University of Cambridge alumna with a background in environmental policy, Sahar formerly worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva and SELCO Foundation on renewable energy projects. 

Sahar is a Climate Reality Leader, a Climate Launchpad mentor and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum. Sahar has also appeared on Al Jazeera Stream and NDTV live news shows talking about plastic pollution

Our Values

Our Values

ETHICAL. HIGH QUALITY. EARTH FRIENDLY.

Using a people-centred & earth-centred approach, Bare Necessities addresses serious flaws in manufacturing, distribution, and consumption

We create everyday necessities that are designed to not land up in oceans and landfills. 

This means that there is absolutely zero packaging footprint associated with our products.

We're unique!

We're unique!

Using ethically, locally and naturally sourced ingredients, our products have a responsible end-of-life and no negative impact on the planet. 

What makes us different from others is that we provide an all-rounded holistic solution to the problem of waste through our zero waste products, educational and consulting services. 

No other personal care company operates on zero-waste principles, making us one of a kind

Addressing the problem

Addressing the problem

  • Back in 2010, a staggering 12 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the ocean, breaking down into harmful microplastics, which now infiltrate the stomachs of birds and sea creatures (which comes from products and packaging we use!)

  • The urgency to address this issue becomes critical, with the production of waste outnumbering other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases 

  • Everyday thousands of waste pickers segregate broken glass, sanitary napkins and needles all with their bare hands, making waste a social justice issue as much as an environmental issue

We are Circular

We are Circular

Our designs and business model are rooted in the concept of circular economy from earth friendly ingredients to modular packaging. 

We take a cradle-to-cradle approach to every product, from the design to manufacturing to packaging. 

We are bringing innovation to an industry that has seen none in over 30 years.

Our biggest innovation in the realm of circular economy is our waterless alternatives to home care products. It is a refreshing celebration of circular economy in action rather than the traditional (use and throw) linear approach. Circular models such as the one Bare Necessities is championing is the need of the hour for it re-imagines a cleaner, greener and more just world.

Eco-friendly Gifting

Eco-friendly Gifting

With products ranging from personal care, home care and lifestyle products - we’ve got a bundle for everyone with items they can truly use and cherish

Birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, valentine's day, festivals, weddings and corporate gifting, we’ve got you covered. 

We also offer personalisation and customisation services

Our packaging is not only earth-friendly, but can be very easily repurposed into everyday necessities. 

Handcrafted with high quality ingredients by our amazing women-run manufacturing team, by supporting Bare Necessities you are supporting a thriving community of local vendors and suppliers

Educate the masses

Educate the masses

From talks & workshops, sustainability consulting and online courses that break down the concepts around sustainability into easily digestible pieces

By raising awareness about zero waste and sustainable lifestyles, empowering our customers with actionable knowledge

Our  three online courses are  UNESCO Recognised as a Climate Action Resource and have over 70,000 enrolments.

We continue partnering with a large number of organisations and their CSR teams for their employee engagement and employee awareness programs through sustainability-themed employee workshops, and eco-friendly gifting for employees throughout the year; including our new employee welcome kits!

Our Impact

Our Impact

As of 2023, we have sold 179,547 products, which has saved 103,096,156 plastic units either going into the landfill or straight into the environment whether that is on land or into waterways. 

From eco-friendly, zero waste gift bundles, to plant-based shampoo bars, cold-processed soaps, and compostable packaging, our goal is to always provide the daily necessities, in the most sustainable manner possible!

We have had a direct impact on 372,577 people and an indirect involvement with 1,73,449 through markets, talks and workshops. We have a following of 120K across our social media platforms too. 

Our strong intent to change the narrative on waste in India and beyond, demonstrates that any individual can positively impact their community, through inspiring others to reduce waste and think consciously about their impact on the world.