43+ Green Business Ideas For Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs 2020

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 an ink refill business

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

Samuel Davidson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Batch Nashville, LLC over 7 years ago, a handmade goods business.

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

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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Samuel Davidson, on starting Batch Nashville, LLC ($150,000/month) full story ➜

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

Debbie Odom from Georgia started CamelliaShop over 13 years ago, a backyard plant nursery.

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

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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Debbie Odom, on starting CamelliaShop ($5,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an organic food store ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful organic food store:

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

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5. 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:

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6. 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:

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7. Start a greenhouses company

Examples of a successful greenhouses company:

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

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8. Start a secondhand products business

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:

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9. Start a solar panel installation business

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:

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10. 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:

11. 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:

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12. 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:

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13. 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:

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14. 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:

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15. Start an eco-friendly toy business

Examples of a successful eco-friendly toy business:

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

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16. 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:

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17. 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:

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18. 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:

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19. Start a green florist business

Examples of a successful green florist business:

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

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20. 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:

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21. 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:

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22. 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:

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23. 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:

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24. 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:

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25. 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:

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26. Become a bicycle manufacturer

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:

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27. 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:

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28. 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:

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29. 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:

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30. Start a green financial planning business

Examples of a successful green financial planning business:

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

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31. Start an eco-friendly retail business

Examples of a successful eco-friendly retail business:

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

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32. 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:

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33. Start a landscaping business

Examples of a successful landscaping business:

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34. Start a waste recycling business

Examples of a successful waste recycling business:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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38. Start a carbon offsetting business

Examples of a successful carbon offsetting business:

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

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39. Start a reusable grocery bags business

Examples of a successful reusable grocery bags business:

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

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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:

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41. Start an eco-friendly fashion business

Examples of a successful eco-friendly fashion business:

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

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42. Start a paper recycling business

Examples of a successful paper recycling business:

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

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43. Become a computer refurbisher ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful computer refurbisher:

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

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