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Innovative Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

Innovative Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs

The idea of becoming an entrepreneur is equal parts frightening and exciting. It takes courage, determination, hard work, and a sense of adventure in varying amounts. Thanks to the opportunities global developments have afforded would-be entrepreneurs, an eco-friendly business model is becoming more widely adopted in the modern age.

This emerging trend in the world of entrepreneurs, alongside eco-friendly products and services, appeals to the more eco-conscious customer as they try to make the planet a better place. If you are an eco-minded future entrepreneur, check out these business ideas before you get the ball rolling.

Cardboard Recycling

Cardboard is one of those things everybody has in their home – we all receive packages, buy gadgets, and purchase other appliances, causes us to end up with several recyclable boxes a week. Instead of having this packaging wind up in a landfill, it can be recycled and used again so it can be used to manufacture other items, such as books.

In addition to recycling your own cardboard, you can offer the service of picking up cardboard from people’s homes. With your company doing the dirty work of taking the cardboard to a recycling spot, people are less likely to throw their cardboard in the landfill. This decreases the negative impact of your customers on the environment and the amount waste in the landfill.

Used Book Sales

Used book sales do not require a lot of initial capital, but you will need to have some money ready to purchase the books you think you can resell.

While second-hand books are not as popular as having a brand-new copy, advocating for the resale of books and the purchasing of used books is a great way your company can help cut down on the energy needed to produce new books. The internet is a great space for organizing this kind of a business, and you can utilize social media to your advantage to get in touch with people who need books and people who are looking to limit their library. You can also organize donations and make sure the right book reaches the right hands.

Rent Out Ebikes

Ebikes are the future of transportation and getting on board the trend early enough could be lucrative to building your eco-friendly business over the next couple years.

While starting an ebike rental business will take some initial investment, and you will need to consider your location carefully (as you want your target audience to make use of the bikes often). If you live in a location with a lot of commuters and tourists, this can be an excellent business model to help make the planet a better place to live.

If you market your business well, and showcase why ebikes are the best alternative transportation option in a big city, you’ll be able to attract a young crowd that is eco-conscious and would love to bike, but can’t afford their own ride.

Paper Recycling

Just like you can recycle cardboard, you can also recycle paper, and since there is much more paper waste to go around, you will certainly have your hands full.

Running a paper recycling business will have a direct impact on saving the trees, and it can do quite a lot for the ecosystem. So, if you find a way to set up your business so that it is convenient for the people using your services, and find a good way to turn used paper into new materials, you will be gaining access to a profitable and eco-friendly business.

Remember that some paper might need to be handled with care, as it might contain confidential information, so make sure you have a system in place for that aspect of the job.

Car Sharing

As transportation is one of the main culprits behind the greenhouse effect, starting a business that encourages people to share cars and helps limit the effect cars have on the environment is vital and could be a successful business venture.

Don’t think of car sharing as an Uber – after all, you don’t want just one person to take a ride. You want to figure out an app or a platform that will connect people who are driving somewhere with people who are going in the same direction and would appreciate a lift. Sharing rides can not only cut down an individual’s personal cost of transportation, but it can also do a lot to cut down on the time you need to get somewhere, the amount of fuel being consumed, and the amount of fuel emissions going into the atmosphere.

Always make sure your system is reliable and easy to use, and that you enforce a friendly and stress-free ride.

Final Thoughts

Being eco-friendly and mindful of the effect we have on our planet has never been more important than it is today. And with green entrepreneurs in our midst, the chances of our planet surviving will increase. So, make sure your own business venture is as green as it can be and that it promotes the values people want to see in our societies for years to come.

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by Sarah Kaminski // Sarah Kaminski is a freelance writer and social media marketer. She works with a number of small businesses to build their brands through more engaging marketing and content.

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