There are many reasons to start a business, but considering the poor state of the environment around us, you might want to consider a business idea that actually supports the world we live in.
Here are some specific business ideas for those of you who are eco-minded and keen to make a real difference.
#1: Sell your own food
If you have a garden, put it to good use by growing fruits and vegetables that can be sold to individuals and markets. Not only will you be doing your bit to make sure that your food is organically grown (with no planet-destroying chemicals), but people in your community will be less reliant on transport deliveries for their food items, and that will reduce the carbon footprint.
If you don't have a garden, you can still grow food indoors through hydroponic gardening. This is a water-based rather than soil-based method of growing crops and has one advantage to you. Crops grow twice as fast, so you will have more to sell at market or from your premises. Plant supplements will also boost growth, so consider products such as Kabloom (it's less explosive than it sounds), for your crops. Check out: https://thehippiehouse.com.au/products/general-hydroponics-koolbloom-powder-1-kilo
Continue your research online to find out more hydroponics and other eco-minded food-related business ideas.
#2: Sell organic products
It's not only food that can be grown organically. Think of any supermarket product, and chances are, there are ways to create natural versions that are kinder to the environment. Off the top of our heads, we can think of soaps, cleaning products, and cosmetics, as just a few examples.
Check out these DIY cleaning products for inspiration. https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/07/13/12-homemade-cleaning-products-that-really-really-work_a_21431286/
While anybody can make them, not everybody will have the business sense to make money from them, so why not give it a go? With attractive (and sustainable) packaging, you could sell them online or to people in your local community.
#3: Become an eco-consultant
If you already consider yourself a bit of a green warrior, why not assist other businesses in your area?
In today's eco-conscious world, customers are favouring those companies who are showcasing their green credentials, so you could help local businesses by freelancing your services. You might advise them on recycling, for example, or point them to suppliers who sell sustainable products for packaging and manufacturing. Not only will other business owners profit from your consulting services, but you will too when you start getting paid for your advice.
These are only a few ideas but continue your research online for more. Whether it's as a side-hustle or the basis of a new career, your new business could save both your financial situation and go some ways towards saving the world!
Check out some more ideas on running a greener business here: https://www.shedoesthis.com/post/run-a-greener-business