Sachi Maniar is the Co-founder of Shunya Alternatives, an organisation that promotes sustainable development by providing eco-friendly products that benefit the society and the planet. Shunya (means Zero) started with promoting one time use tableware from sugarcane fibre and now encompasses many more every day living products made by small communities in India. Shunya received the pollination grant in 2014.
Sachi is also the founder of Ashiyana Foundation that works on transforming the lives of vulnerable children and children at risk in the Children’s home and Juvenile homes in Mumbai. She tirelessly connects people from different worlds and walks of life to harness the potential of each to do good in the world. She can be found taking pictures and making films, playing with children, talking with crafts-women, meditating or trekking up some faraway mountain.