Green businesses are popping up all over. If you have any interest in the environment, this could be the perfect time to take the plunge and start a green business. Consumers are starting to "think green" in their purchases because they see the potential savings green products can produce, especially with the tax incentives being introduced nationally and locally. Advertising yourself as a provider of green products opens up a whole new group of potential customers.
There are a wide variety of businesses that tap into the green market. Green products can be found across the industrial spectrum. While large solar and waste management systems have a high profile as being green, the simplest products can also contribute to a green world. Using green products in a cleaning business can allow you to advertise yourself as a green cleaner; making compost from discarded plant material can be a green product to sell; and anything that produces something locally that can be used locally is considered to be green because no fossil fuels were used to transport them long distances.
If you are technically oriented, learning to install green products is a great way to go. There are a variety of training programs available to learn these skills with the oldest and most well known offered at the Solar Living Institute in California. Putting in and maintaining solar, gray water, and other energy saving systems is in high demand.
This brings us to another great green business possibility - education. If you know how to install or produce green products, you can teach others about what you know. Or, you can produce educational materials that help people learn about greening their lives. You can give talks to civic groups about green products. That would tie well with becoming a green consultant.
Green consultants sell their services to businesses and homeowners to give advice on how to make them more environmentally friendly. Giving talks at civic clubs could be promotion for your consulting business. Additionally, you could become trained to offer green certifications. There are a wide variety of certification programs to rate how green various products and buildings are. Some of the best known are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Energy Star, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index and the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program. These certifications are valued highly.
Green doesn't have to be all about technical stuff, however. One can be green by operating a recycling program or picking up other people's junk for resale. Refurbishing used items for reuse is also green. You can refurbish anything from a chair to a house. Anything that saves us from destroying non-renewable products or producing pollutants is a green practice. One possibility is to make an arrangement with contractors who are remodeling old houses to carry off their construction waste. Often you will recover marvelous old cabinetry, fixtures and excess materials that are a real find for someone else.
Many countries outside the United States have wonderful green practices and products. Pick a country of interest and start investigating how they handle green issues. You may discover something incredible that would be a great item to import and sell here.
Once you start thinking green, all kinds of new ideas come to mind. The spectrum of possible green products has barely been scratched. Why shouldn't it be you that comes up with the next energy saving device that is the hottest product on the market?