43+ Green Business Ideas For Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs 2022

43+ Green Business Ideas For Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs 2022

Interested in starting an eco-friendly business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own eco-friendly business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable sustainable business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$129,000
Skills

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living about 23 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

Case Study

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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2. Start an ink refill business

Examples of a successful ink refill business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ink refill business:

Learn more about starting an ink refill business ➜

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3. Start a handmade goods business ($1.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,252
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Samuel Davidson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Batch almost 9 years ago, a handmade goods business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Case Study

During the summer of 2013, my co-founders (Rob Williams & Stephen Moseley) and I were discussing all the great things our hometown of Nashville had to offer, especially in the way of small-batch, handmade gifts and treats. But, there was no one-stop shop to get all of these items (you had to run around town or attend certain farmers markets or festivals).

Lo and behold, we actually hit the 200 mark our first month. The local media covered what we were doing and sales jumped to 600 for the second month and then 1,000 or month three (well beyond our original goal!).

Could we come up with a way to consolidate all of these local, small businesses making awesome products under one roof?

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4. Start a backyard plant nursery ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Debbie Odom from Georgia started CamelliaShop about 15 years ago, a backyard plant nursery.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Georgia

Case Study

In 1991, I had the life-changing opportunity to become a part of Gene’s Nursery, one of the oldest nurseries in Savannah Georgia.

When I had the opportunity to leave my office job and get my hands into soil, I was happy and I was hooked.

Gene’s Nursery has its roots firmly planted in our quaint historic coastal city and it’s passion was the Camellia. Camellias are ornamental shrubs that produce brilliant blossoms during the fall and winter. They are the most unique flowering shrub species found today and are considered the Queen of Ornamental shrubs.

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5. Start an organic food store

How Much Can You Make?
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful organic food store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a organic food store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an organic food store ➜

Andrea Slinde started Golden Root, a food startup, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hi all! My name is Andrea and I’m the founder of Golden Root. I manufacture and sell a caffeine-free Turmeric Latte Mix in Denver, CO.

Currently, I sell Golden Root online from my e-commerce site and to over 50 coffee shops nationwide. After a very eventful and strong finish to 2018, Golden Root is making an average of $4k/mo.

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Andrea Slinde, on starting Golden Root ($4,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an eco-friendly beauty salon business

Examples of a successful eco-friendly beauty salon business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a eco-friendly beauty salon business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an eco-friendly beauty salon business ➜

7. Start a sustainable event planning business

Examples of a successful sustainable event planning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sustainable event planning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sustainable event planning business ➜

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8. Start a greenhouses company

Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful greenhouses company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a greenhouses company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a greenhouses company ➜

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9. Start a secondhand products business

How Much Can You Make?
$62,500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful secondhand products business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a secondhand products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a secondhand products business ➜

10. Start a solar panel installation business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Skills

Examples of a successful solar panel installation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar panel installation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar panel installation business ➜

Alex Williams started Solar Energy Partners, a solar energy business, about 2 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Alex K Williams, the founding partner at Solar Energy Partners (SEP). Our focus is to provide the best customer and consultant experience in the solar industry. We provide more premium options for customers and consultants alike.

Our overall growth has skyrocketed from more than 400% growth since inception.

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Alex Williams, on starting Solar Energy Partners ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a reusable plastic bottles business

Examples of a successful reusable plastic bottles business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a reusable plastic bottles business:

Learn more about starting a reusable plastic bottles business ➜

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12. Start a recycling business

Examples of a successful recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recycling business ➜

Bead the Change started Bead the Change, a recycling business, over 3 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Ryan and I’m the founder of Bead the Change.

For our Climate Change Bracelet, we work with an organization called Carbon Fund and they purchase carbon offsets and retire them towards a renewable energy project.

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Bead the Change, on starting Bead the Change (/month) full story ➜

13. Start an upcycling furniture business

Examples of a successful upcycling furniture business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a upcycling furniture business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an upcycling furniture business ➜

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14. Start a bookbinding and repair service

Examples of a successful bookbinding and repair service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bookbinding and repair service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bookbinding and repair service ➜

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15. Start an energy efficient lighting business

Examples of a successful energy efficient lighting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a energy efficient lighting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an energy efficient lighting business ➜

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16. Start an eco-friendly toy business

Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Examples of a successful eco-friendly toy business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a eco-friendly toy business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an eco-friendly toy business ➜

Artiwood Australia started Artiwood Australia, a eco-friendly toy business, almost 23 years ago:

Case Study

We recently caught up with Andrew McGregor, the co-owner of Artiwood Australia. Artiwood is an award-winning Australian importer, distributor, and wholesaler of eco-friendly, educational toys and baby accessories. You’ll find its quality products in-store and online with reputable, independent retailers nationwide. In the last six years, the business has grown three-fold, its brand portfolio has doubled, and its won numerous industry awards including Supplier of Year.

Here's what Andrew told us about his business and its journey over the last two decades.

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Artiwood Australia, on starting Artiwood Australia (/month) full story ➜

17. Start a herbal remedy business

Examples of a successful herbal remedy business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a herbal remedy business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a herbal remedy business ➜

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18. Start a green software development business

Examples of a successful green software development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green software development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green software development business ➜

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19. Start an organic gift business

Examples of a successful organic gift business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a organic gift business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an organic gift business ➜

20. Start a green florist business

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,000
Skills

Examples of a successful green florist business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green florist business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green florist business ➜

Carlos Franco started Green Fresh Florals + Plants, a green florist business, almost 13 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Carlos Franco, and I am the owner and creative director at Green Fresh Florals + Plants, San Diego's premier modern flower and plant shop located in Hillcrest.

I’ve been connected to Mother Earth my entire life and became a professional florist in my early 20’s. I opened Green in its current location in July 2009. Before that, I had a shop located in the East Village neighborhood in downtown San Diego.

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Carlos Franco, on starting Green Fresh Florals + Plants ($120,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a green auditing and consulting business

Examples of a successful green auditing and consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green auditing and consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green auditing and consulting business ➜

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22. Start a garden cleaning business

Examples of a successful garden cleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a garden cleaning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a garden cleaning business ➜

23. Start an air duct cleaning business

Examples of a successful air duct cleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a air duct cleaning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an air duct cleaning business ➜

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24. Start a wind power development business

Examples of a successful wind power development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wind power development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wind power development business ➜

25. Start a geothermal development business

Examples of a successful geothermal development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a geothermal development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a geothermal development business ➜

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26. Start a plant delivery business

Examples of a successful plant delivery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a plant delivery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a plant delivery business ➜

27. Become a bicycle manufacturer ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,333
Skills

Examples of a successful bicycle manufacturer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bicycle manufacturer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bicycle manufacturer ➜

Ben Sarrazin started Yuba Cargo Bikes, a eBikes business, over 15 years ago:

Case Study

Ben Sarrazin, Founder, and CEO of the Yuba Group, designer, creator, distributor of load-carrying bicycles (bikes to carry things, passengers, sports equipment, tools, pets).

Over the past 15 years, Yuba has put over 50,000 cargo bicycles on the road. That is a lot of happy families.

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Ben Sarrazin, on starting Yuba Cargo Bikes ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start an environmental blogging business

Examples of a successful environmental blogging business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a environmental blogging business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an environmental blogging business ➜

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29. Start an organic spa business

Examples of a successful organic spa business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a organic spa business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an organic spa business ➜

30. Start a green architecture business

Examples of a successful green architecture business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green architecture business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green architecture business ➜

31. Start a green financial planning business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$13,000
Skills

Examples of a successful green financial planning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a green financial planning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green financial planning business ➜

started Third Eye Advisors, a financial advisor, almost 3 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Arthur Robertson and you can call me the Investment Educator. I currently run an investment advisory firm, a food truck - Renegade Vegan, founded two non-profits - one focused on financial literacy for the youth and another on real estate while also being a Real Estate Investor.

The start-up costs were approximately $10,000 - $15,000, however; within three months, I was able to recoup those costs from serving clients.

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, on starting Third Eye Advisors ($10,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start an eco-friendly retail business ($780K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $240,096/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,366
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful eco-friendly retail business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a eco-friendly retail business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an eco-friendly retail business ➜

Jamie Skinner started Jungle Culture, a etsy business, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hi Starter Story!

My name is Jamie Skinner and I am one of the co-founders of Jungle Culture. We are an e-commerce brand that sources eco-friendly products directly from farms, small craft workshops, and ethical factories and sells them online worldwide.

My business partner Chris and I started Jungle Culture in 2018 with one product, bamboo straws. Back then our brand name was Jungle Straws and our goal was to create a business that would fund our traveler lifestyles and also create positive change in the world.

After less than a year Jungle Straws became one of the world’s biggest bamboo straw companies and our clients included National Geographic, the US parks department, and TOMS.

Propelled by our success and the desire to create more change, we switched our focus to eco-friendly products as a whole and created Jungle Culture, which this year turned over just over $1,000,000.

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Jamie Skinner, on starting Jungle Culture ($110,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a sustainable construction materials business

Examples of a successful sustainable construction materials business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sustainable construction materials business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sustainable construction materials business ➜

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34. Start a waste recycling business

Examples of a successful waste recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a waste recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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35. Start a biofuel production business

Examples of a successful biofuel production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a biofuel production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a biofuel production business ➜

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36. Start an irrigation business

Examples of a successful irrigation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a irrigation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an irrigation business ➜

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37. Start a refurbishing electronic products business

Examples of a successful refurbishing electronic products business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a refurbishing electronic products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a refurbishing electronic products business ➜

38. Start a carbon offsetting business

Average Initial Investment
$5,000,000
Skills

Examples of a successful carbon offsetting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a carbon offsetting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a carbon offsetting business ➜

Dave Rouse started CarbonClick, a green business, about 3 years ago:

Case Study

My Co-Founders built and monitored the carbon offsetting module for an international airline and discovered four things:

  1. There was no “off the shelf” solution. It cost half a million to custom build the offsetting software, took a long time, and cost about $150k per annum to continue running the program and software updates.

The idea was formed to build a better platform that included full transparency & traceability of each offset, and in turn, provide better ability to highlight the more expensive but much higher impact projects we need to be funding. The fact that airlines could save money at the same time by making it a plug-in to their e-commerce solutions was compelling. The founders of CarbonClick got together as we all had a shared purpose and passion for sustainability and bettering our planet. We all knew of each other through the Aviation sector and this led us to come together to offer a solution that is more accessible, trustworthy, meaningful, and most of all, simple.

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Dave Rouse, on starting CarbonClick ($30,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a reusable grocery bags business

Average Initial Investment
$35,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful reusable grocery bags business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a reusable grocery bags business:

Learn more about starting a reusable grocery bags business ➜

Farzan Dehmoubed started Lotus Sustainables, a reusable grocery bags business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

From my early teenage years, I always had an interest in entrepreneurship; maybe it was from my father who started his own electrical business in Canada as a refugee from Iran. With no money, support, or contacts, he found a way to support our family and make it on his own.

The lessons you learn along the way will prepare you for the next big idea which will inevitably come if you are prepared.

To this day I'm thankful he didn’t go out and just get a job like everyone else. That had a huge influence on me. Outside of my early university internships, I have thankfully never had to work for anyone.

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Farzan Dehmoubed, on starting Lotus Sustainables (/month) full story ➜

40. Start a hydroponic farm business

Examples of a successful hydroponic farm business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hydroponic farm business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hydroponic farm business ➜

41. Start an eco-friendly fashion business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $17,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$35,000
Skills

Examples of a successful eco-friendly fashion business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a eco-friendly fashion business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an eco-friendly fashion business ➜

Kahindo Mateene started KAHINDO, a fashion business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Kahindo Mateene, I am the Founder and Chief Creative Director of KAHINDO, my luxury sustainable namesake fashion brand. KAHINDO is a luxury womenswear brand created with original prints and exuberant colors that celebrates the legacy of African fashion with a modern twist. A socially responsible brand, we are dedicated to ensuring ethical work practices for the women who create our brand in Africa.

For me, fashion is only as beautiful as the way I treat the female artisans and workers who help me create my line. That means focusing on sustainability and ethical work environments for my global partners and using the KAHINDO brand as a vehicle to create equity and job opportunities for women. Together, we share the heart and soul of Africa with the rest of the world through fashion.

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Kahindo Mateene, on starting KAHINDO ($5,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a paper recycling business

How Much Can You Make?
$16,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$200,000

Examples of a successful paper recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Yuki Lee started Bagitan Packaging , a paper recycling business, almost 14 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Yuki Lee. I'm the co-founder of Bagitan Packaging Company - a company that produces paper packaging products in China. Our primary products are paper bags, food packaging, foil packaging, and other disposable packaging products used in restaurants and takeout meals.

Since our inception in 2008, we have expanded into a company with annual net revenue of $200,000 and over 50 employees. It has been an incredible experience working with my partner - Frank Ouyang, he created the company Panda Paper Roll (see the story here), and we have learned many lessons along the way. I hope our experiences will be helpful to other entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business in China.

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Yuki Lee, on starting Bagitan Packaging ($16,000/month) full story ➜

43. Become a computer refurbisher

How Much Can You Make?
$13,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$15,000
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful computer refurbisher:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer refurbisher:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer refurbisher ➜

OWC Larry started OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.), a computer refurbisher, over 33 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Lawrence O'Connor, aka 'OWC Larry.' I am the founder and CEO of OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.).

Our CAGR over the past 33yrs is 43.78% (average growth rate since inception). It was 18.4% in the most recently completed year 2019 vs 2020 with just over 148 million revenue in 2020.

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OWC Larry, on starting OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.) ($13,500,000/month) full story ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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