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List of Green Business Ideas

Updated on February 22, 2011

Environmental problems such as global climate change, loss of biodiversity, and water scarcity are expected to have a major impact on the business community in the coming century, and many businesses are not just planning ahead for long-term sustainability, but also doing their part to help mitigate the problems.

Because "green" is more a philosophy than a specific industry or set of practices, there is a green business opportunity for nearly every interest.

Some business ideas are eco-friendly almost by definition, such as bicycle repair shops or recycling centers. Most others can become eco-friendly with a little creativity, forethought, and planning, such as a coffee shop that serves organic, shade grown coffee.

The green economy offers thousands of different opportunities for dedicated small business owners and entrepreneurs to make money while protecting the environment. With thousands of opportunities to choose from, the following is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but rather a source of inspiration for would-be "ecopreneurs" interested in starting or expanding a green business.


List of Green Business Ideas

Here is a list of green business opportunities for eco-conscious entrepreneurs:

  • Architectural salvage yard
  • Bamboo farming
  • Bicycle courier service
  • Bicycle sales and repair
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Biodiesel production
  • Car-sharing business
  • Carbon trading firm
  • Charging station for electric vehicles
  • Cohousing community management
  • Composting business
  • Composting toilet installation
  • Conservation burial grounds
  • Consignment shop
  • Constructed wetland installation
  • Cool roof installation
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Eco fashion designer
  • Eco hair salon
  • Eco home products sales
  • Eco pet boutique
  • Eco therapy
  • Electric scooter rentals
  • Environmental blog
  • Environmental law firm
  • Environmental lobbying firm
  • Environmental writer
  • Geothermal installation
  • Grassfed meat production
  • Green app developer
  • Green architecture firm
  • Green baby boutique
  • Green bed & breakfast
  • Green builder
  • Green building showroom
  • Green cleaning service
  • Green consulting
  • Green dry cleaning
  • Green event planner
  • Green furniture refurbishing and repair
  • Green interior design
  • Green landscape design
  • Green living blog
  • Green marketing service
  • Green niche websites
  • Green roof installation
  • Green taxi service
  • Green travel agency
  • Green wedding planner
  • Greywater systems installation
  • Habitat restoration business
  • Home energy auditor
  • Home solar installation
  • Native plant nursery
  • Natural burial services
  • Nature center
  • Organic beekeeping
  • Organic caterer
  • Organic clothing boutique
  • Organic coffee shop
  • Organic cosmetics sales
  • Organic farm
  • Organic florist
  • Organic grocery store or co-op
  • Organic lawn care
  • Organic pest control
  • Organic restaurant
  • Permaculture design service
  • Rainwater collection system installation
  • Recycled jewelry business
  • Recycled paper products
  • Recycling center
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Small wind installation
  • Smart grid software development
  • Socially responsible investing firm
  • Solar hot water heater installation
  • Solar panel installation
  • Sustainable property management
  • Switchgrass farming
  • Upcycled fashion design
  • Used book exchange
  • Vermicomposting business
  • Weatherization service
  • Wilderness therapy camp
  • Wind farm

Developing Green Products and Services

Of course, one of the most important opportunities for would-be green entrepreneurs is in developing and refining green products and services. The creativity and innovation of green entrepreneurs and businesses brings hundreds or thousands of clever ideas to reduce our environmental impact every year, and it remains the greatest hope of the human race.

Sit down and think about your skills and interests. What can you create? Think about your efforts to go green at home or at work. What is the one green product or service you wish existed that currently doesn't?

What green innovation will you contribute to the world?


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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great contribution to green business. More and more, I try to support green businesses.

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      Douglas K .N 

      6 years ago

      Great green work,You are top notch.Our earth will get better with such ideas.

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      Sarah Kolb-Williams 

      7 years ago from Twin Cities

      Very comprehensive! Lots of great ideas here for new entrepreneurs -- bookmarking it for future reference. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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      7 years ago

      Well written informative hub article.

      I especially love the way you ended this article with you asking us the very important question of how we can individually contribute to "greening the world".

      I look forward to checking out more of your hubs!

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      7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Excellent list here. Thanks a bunch.

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      7 years ago from Tunisia

      I enjoyed reading your business ideas specially when they are green . thanks

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Fantastic tips and thank you for sharing. Will keep this list.

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      7 years ago

      I like the way you approach the topic.

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      7 years ago

      I wish that more people would embark on such green ideas to help save what's left of our earth. I wish I would have the means to invest on one of those green businesses.


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