In India, metro cities like Mumbai collect approximately 7,000 tonnes of waste each day. This waste often ends up in landfills, sitting there for years emitting carbon into the environment. Biodegradable and non-biodegradable, waste comprises both these types.
Bio-degradable waste easily degrades but non-biodegradable one remains a problem for a long time. Plastic, thermocol, glass, paper and other similar materials take years to decompose.
Not only the waste problem but quite a few lifestyle changes have pushed people to resort to an organic or sustainable way of living. People are looking forward to making small switches in daily use items for the same.
Overwhelmed by India’s trash problem, Sahar Mansoor was thoughts deep in search of a solution to this problem. Since beginning her Zero-Waste journey.
“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.”
This gave birth to a zero-waste, ethical and sustainable company, ‘Bare Necessities’.
With an intent to bring about serious change in manufacturing, distribution and consumption processes of goods of daily necessities, the company decided to take an environmentally, socially and economically sound approach.
Using products that are non-toxic, non-GMO and cruelty-free, while also being organic, local and fair-trade. Not only this, even the packaging is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. All their products are truly handmade, natural and bare.
To marry the old and new traditions of personal care, BN is one of the few sustainable brands to incorporate indigenous, ancient ingredients in their products. The products are harmless to not only health but also the environment.
Bare Boxes: these boxes are made from post-consumer materials. For cushioning the fragile products, they use leftover cloth scraps and printing paper. They print labels on recycled paper and use paper tape for packing. They further encourage customers to reuse the glass jars, compost the toothbrushes and recycle all the packing material.
Ecovia bags: The packages are delivered using Ecovia bags. Each bag can be used up to 150 times and is also made by recycling plastic bottles. Customers can scan the QR code on the bags to schedule a pick-up for their delivery bag and earn rewards in exchange.
At their HQ in Bangalore, BN carries out the refill program. Here customers can come in with their empty containers and get a refill on their products, paying for the exact quantity. This gives them a zero-waste purchase experience while getting bonuses.
After using the products completely, customers can also return their empty jars. After scheduling and dispatching the jars, one is rewarded with a gift card.
Special features of Bare Necessities:
A step ahead, Bare Necessities thinks of solving the waste problem from the very roots. Ethical sourcing from local farmers and vendors is a benefit to all the stakeholders. The company also actively promotes the employment of women.
Through their company and products, BN wants to give a push to an inclusive and toward a circular economy methodology. They want everyone on the planet to involve in this clean change movement.
The norm, not an exception:
“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!”
Future goals of Bare Necessities:
BN’s future goals are to take further steps in the realm of sustainability. They seek to be an interdisciplinary hub for all kinds of enthusiasts to help reduce and manage our waste better.
A place for behavioral economics, ecologists, researchers and consumers alike to build the ecosystem towards a circular economy.
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