10 Eco Friendly Businesses For Service Industry Entrepreneurs

eco-friendly businessSometimes forgotten by entrepreneurs hoping to open a green business is the burgeoning personal service industry. As more and more consumers express concern about environmental toxins, opportunities increase for entrepreneurs interested in providing greener, safer alternatives for some common household tasks.

Ranging from low initial investment services like housecleaning to highly regulated child care more and more consumers are seeking eco-friendly alternatives. Regulators, especially in green states like California, are aiding this trend, by introducing legislation that prohibits the use of toxic chemicals.

Should we expect more cleaners to be going green soon? It seems inevitable: California has mandated a phase-out of the toxic cleaning chemical used by dry cleaning services called PERC, of perchloroethylene, by 2023. Environmental regulations put in place in 2002 in Southern California allow cleaners to use, but not install, PERC machines. There’s still quite a bit of progress to make, though.

Over 85% of America’s 33,000 or so dry cleaners use PERC, which the EPA classifies as a neurotoxin and is a petroleum-based product that contributes to global warming.

Dry Cleaning isn’t the only business that has relied on chemicals now considered more dangerous than previously thought. San Francisco entrepreneurs, Todd Gean and Jason Yeafoli recently launched the, immediately successful, non-toxic house cleaning business called Maid Green.

The entrepreneur’s team of well-trained eco-friendly cleaner’s scrub polish and brighten San Francisco homes using only non-toxic, natural, environmentally friendly products paired with equal parts elbow grease and common sense.

Environmentally friendly services are popping up all over the country driven by an increased interest in avoiding toxic chemicals, many of them available as franchises. Some eco friendly business opportunities that eco entrepreneurs may want to consider are:

  1. Dry Cleaning
  2. House Cleaning
  3. Lawn Care
  4. Childcare
  5. Carwash
  6. Window wash
  7. Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  8. Catering
  9. Pet care
  10. Pest control

In every area of their lives consumers now are looking for greener alternatives. Savvy entrepreneurs can capitalize on this growing interest and start one of these eco friendly businesses that provide healthier services for customers, a healthier working environment and a healthier planet.

About the Author

Hear Maryanne speak on Social Media for Socially Conscious Brands at Expo East on September 27th! Maryanne Conlin is CPG brand marketer and digital marketing expert, CEO of RedRopes Digital and Partner Digital Strategy, 4GreenPs. A Shorty Award winner for best Green Content on Twitter, she was a member of the IAA team that won the Green Award in 2010 and most recently was a finalist for the PRSA - Los Angeles PRISM awards for social media. She and her team focus on providing strategic marketing direction, custom content for web, mobile and social platforms, social media community management and online promotions and digital advertising solutions for companies in the green, food and Hispanic space. Follow her on Twitter @maryanneconlin
  • I’ve been thinking about starting a green cleaning business. I think it will be a new and niche market.

  • It’s good to see that the new trend is actually good for the environment. Thanks for all the info because if your business is green it could make a lot of money and help our planet at the same time.

  • sivaraj

    i want to start a business in eco friendly product .. guide mwe how start it , i dont know anything about this business but i will work to make it success if you guide me clearly…..

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  • This is a great list to start with, but there are a lot more opportunities out there for green entrepreneurship. Business taking these steps is a great motivation because soon the consumers will be following, as they have already!

  • Hey just recently started a green service company.I’m looking for experts in the field of recycling and waste management to help me out on this. My experience is in pest control I’m co-owner of RF Exterminators in Atlanta Ga http://www.rfexterminators.com in which I’ve switch to eco-products. now I’m looking to expand out of pest control and bring it full circle w/environmental restoration. The problem is I can’t find noone in Ga to help me in developing this. I started RF Environmental LLC and we’re starting with scrap metal recovery, which we know where to bring. now the other products Glass, Plastic, Bricks we don’t know or the amount is too small for the companies to take off our hands.Any feedback on this issue would be useful. ;-D Thanks

  • There are dozens of great membership organizations that are dedicated to classifying companies is eco-friendly. Examples include the Laundry ESP, Green Lights, Green Seal, US Green Building Council, Energy Star, local governments and more.