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Bare Necessities: How to Live a Zero-Waste Life Book

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In this world full of plastic and chemical waste, how can you help save the planet?

Did you know that there will be more plastic than fish in our seas by 2050? Did you know that it takes 20,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans? Did you know that we have a massive food wastage problem, and yet millions die of hunger each day?  

Bare Necessities is your one-stop guide on how to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle in India. Filled with activities, insights, recipes, tips and how-to guides, it is a must-read for anyone wanting to make a positive change in their life and to our environment. 


About the Authors

Sahar Mansoor is founder and CEO of Bare Necessities, a zero-waste social enterprise, she is a circular economy nerd, voracious learner and curious traveller.

Sahar has gained accredited degrees on environmental topics in India, the US and England, becoming a University of Cambridge alumni. Moreover she has volunteered in Guatemala, Jamaica and the Democratic Republic of Congo on various humanitarian projects

Her business produces zero-waste personal care, lifestyle, home care and educational products and services, including an online sustainability course, 'zero waste in 30'. Sahar's time volunteering at the World Health Organization in Geneva and SELCO Foundation, on implementing decentralized renewable energy projects, in rural Karnataka, has enabled her to successfully grow Bare Necessities from the ground up. Highlighted by recognition from Google India, Al Jazeera Stream, NDTV, Vogue,  Elle, Femina, India Today magazines among others

Sahar has a 500 gram  jar of waste that she brings to workshops that she runs on sustainable living,  which is all the waste she has produced in the past 5 years. She is looking forward to sharing her tips on living a zero-waste lifestyle with you. 

Tim de Ridder began his environmental career in Australia, prior to moving to South East and South Asia. He has organized a wide range of workshops on sustainability, with a focus on the circular economy, the creation of an online education course on waste in India and community engagement initiatives in Cambodia and Malaysia.

He has also written widely on environmental topics, including a research paper on the livelihoods of low-income communities and the benefits of carbon farming for indigenous Australians.

Bare Necessities is the second book he has authored after his self-published Tales from the Roadside, a memoir about a solo bicycle trip across Europe that connected him to the world in profound ways.

  • Publisher : Penguin Random House 
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0143451170
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143451174
  • Item Weight : 500 g
  • Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Launch Date: February 22nd 2021

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Innovative ways to sustainability

I try my best to be a sustainable person but after reading this book I realised that I miss on so many aspects. The smaller details like reviewing ingredients of the things you use to swap apps to better waste management techniques, you will find this book relatable and additive at the same time.
Kudos to bare necessities for adding more insight on sustainable and zero-waste life.

A book I can keep going back to, in my zero-waste journey!

I really enjoyed the Bare Necessities book. It was the right blend of information and reflection for any consumer and reader. I enjoyed the flow as it broke down concepts, realities, and activities in a simplistic manner. One of the reasons I chose to purchase it as a hard copy was so that I can keep flipping back through it during my journey in the next five years. The information will still be of relevance now and as I continue to maintain a zero waste lifestyle.

I am grateful for the recipes (shall try them out). The tips are a great glance-through of each aspect which has helped me identify areas I need to find an alternative solution to, similar to the course.

In time, I intend to go through the activity sheets and recognize what I need to be more mindful of and what I want to read in detail about further, to know what I can do as a consumer after applying the tips and insights given in the book across all lifestyle aspects.

While I am excited about having a repository of information on different organizations in India, I did wish there was a chapter on awareness about raw materials and their recycling potential. Perhaps, this is meant to be under sustainability and not zero waste, I did find myself wanting to know more about that to know how to make swaps as I transition.
For example, what are completely recyclable plastics and how can I ensure that I am recycling properly before I make zero waste swaps. I would have really liked to go back to a chapter like this as I make my transition so I am educated on these aspects simultaneously too.

This is just a thought of course and after all, condensing such a big social and lifestyle problem into a guidebook is amazing!

Looking forward to more content from you and the team!

Why I loved 'Bare Necessities - how to lead a zero waste lifestyle' book!

In April 2016, I received an email from Sahar Mansoor, requesting to meet for a cup of coffee, over an article on waste pickers contribution that I had written for Citizen Matters. It read, ' I am very passionate about our global garbage crisis & currently attempting a #zerowaste lifestyle'. Kabir Arora and I met her for coffee & we discussed a range of issues around waste. We initially assumed that this is a one off discussion, and did not put much thought into the meeting. However, true to her word, Sahar pursued her passion, with dogged determination. She launched a green enterprise, @BareNecessities, and followed it up with a book ' Bare Necessities- How to live a zero waste life', which she co-authored with Tim de Reddler.

Why should you read the book?
I am a sucker for books. And when I saw the post on Vani Murthy's Insta feed, I knew that I wanted to read it. But to my suprise, I received a signed copy of the book from Sahar. Having worked in the waste management space for over a decade, I must admit the book did create nostalgia. The book is designed as a guidebook, and each chapter begins with a scenario of reality from everyday living.
It then prompts you to ask questions - with a teaser what is in your waste and throws in statistics and gives you time for reflection in the following section. And then the choice is in your hand, to pursue a sustainable route or skip it. What I like about this book, it is not imposing on the idea of what you should do, but merely asks questions and allows you to weigh your thoughts and actions.

Should you decide to choose the sustainable route, the book then guides to look at resources available through a series of activities and finally lead you to the Zero Waste Library Section where you can experiment with DIY hacks, recipes and more.

You don’t have to read the book in one go, browse through the chapters - Personal Care, Closet, Kitchen, HomeCare, Gifting, or Travel. Go at it one-by one. Pause, ponder, ask questions, discuss, research, talk to people and try one thing at a time. After all living sustainably is an ongoing journey.

I recommend you read this amazing book by fellow Climate Reality Leader Sahar Mansoor and Tim de...

For everyone who wants to learn about or adopt a zero waste life, I recommend you read this amazing book by fellow Climate Reality Leader Sahar Mansoor and Tim de Ridder 🌱🌱🌱

I like the fact that the book is divided into different sections like Personal Care, Closet, Kitchen, Home Care etc.

What I really loved was the Sustainable Gifting section and I want to mention that my mom has been following this since quite some years!!

She makes these amazing Crocheted goodies (like the WIP Earrings you see in the pic) for gifting!! 😊😊😊 .

You can check out more of her work at @gkshandmade on Instagram.

Truly breaks it down

A book that really breaks down the variety of concepts and dilemmas we all face as we move along in our sustainability journeys!
Was grounding to read, and loved the illustrations (makes it EVEN more digestible and fun!)