More Go Green Business Ideas
3. Green Lifestyle Businesses: After groceries and bags, just about anything we do in our routine life can be transited to the green world. One could start a small business that is created around the green lifestyle. Some examples of green lifestyle that have already been capitalized are:
Green Furniture – Companies like Vivavi which is a furniture and home furnishing store, offers sustainable and contemporary products and services using non-toxic, organic, recycled and reclaimed materials.
Green Networking – A platform like Green Singles where singles can network with like minded individuals who share the same values and interests like holistic living, vegetarianism, animal rights, organic food, alternative medicine, etc.
Green Hotels – Start one or for now make sure you only stay in a green hotel.
Green Banking – Banks and financial service companies have also taken initiatives to go green. ShoreBank Pacific is the first such commercial bank. Many companies provide socially responsible credit cards.
Green Home – Become a contractor to build green homes.
4. Green Car Dealership: In the world of high rising oil prices, green car dealerships would aim to sell fuel efficient cars that pollute less and are environmentally friendly. Many entrepreneurs have already capitalized on this opportunity and are finding grand profits as the United States market is mature enough to understand the benefits of an eco-friendly car. In fact, sales of green cars have been rising at the same level as oil prices.
With the ongoing research, many new technologies have reached the market. Toyota’s Prius is only a start to a new world of green cars that are coming in all sizes, shapes, and colors from different manufacturers. With many new models of hybrid and electric vehicles being produced, there are many opportunities available in this market
If interested in this line of business, one could either join one of the big and established auto manufacturers or could work with a small green auto start up. Various opportunities are available if someone is interested in marketing and commercializing this car technology. If there are budget constraints, one could start up an online green car dealership which would provide access to a variety of green cars while avoiding the risk and investment of a car parking (car parking?). As technology improves, there would be a bigger range of variety, needs and demand.
5. Green Building Certification Business: The aim of this business would be to rate and measure the effect of green initiatives made in a building or home. To ensure that buildings are green, one may have to get them verified and certified. For this, many rating systems like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have been provided in United States.
Many opportunities lie in this field of business which include the creation of a business that helps green builders through the LEED certification process, develop a business that commissions green buildings, train teams to maintain these green buildings and perform regular inspections.
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