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Sahar Mansoor

Sahar Mansoor is the founder and CEO of Bare Necessities, a zero-waste social enterprise. She is a circular-economy nerd, a voracious learner and a curious traveller. Sahar has obtained accredited degrees on environmental topics in India, the USA and England, becoming a University of Cambridge alumni.
Her business offers zero-waste personal care, lifestyle, home care and educational products and services, including online sustainability courses called ‘Zero Waste in 30’ and ‘Sustainability in 30’. She has also volunteered in Guatemala, Jamaica and the Democratic Republic of Congo for humanitarian projects. Her time
working at the World Health Organization in Geneva and SELCO Foundation, on implementing decentralized renewable energy projects in rural Karnataka, enabled her to build Bare Necessities from the ground up. Her work has been recognized by Google India, Al Jazeera, NDTV, Vogue, Elle, Femina, India Today, among others.
Sahar has a 500-gram jar of waste that she brings to the sustainability workshops she conducts, which is all the waste she has produced in the last five years. For more, visit

Tim de Ridder began his environmental career in Australia, prior to moving to South East Asia and South Asia. He has a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from Monash University, Australia. 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 communityengagement 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.

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Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities

Sahar Mansoor, Tim De Ridder
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