While human civilization is thriving and technology is advancing in directions we’ve been hoping it would work for ages, the world is burning. Quite literally so. Governments are more in support of eco-friendly ventures than ever before, and there’s more of a market now for them than in the past as well. It is an excellent time to be a tree-hugging, geode collecting entrepreneur.
Second-Hand Stores/Thrift shops
Thrift shops are trending. Big influencers on Instagram and YouTube are now advocating for a thrifty lifestyle. Vintage clothing and well-kept second-hand items are a part of a new aesthetic – the 90s vintage, retro look. Numerous videos of thrift hauls and how-tos about thrift store shopping have surfaced on famous, well-loved channels.
Opening a thrift shop is a very winning idea in this current time. You can collect second-hand items and accept donations to stock up your supply. You’ll be able to buy the items at a much lower price than they were initially purchased and sell them at a slightly better rate. It’s a good time for a business like this, so don’t waste the opportunity.
Bamboo furniture is gaining love. Wide bamboo lounge chairs and bamboo cots are currently the symbols of calm jungle life. Everyone wants to escape the cities and go live somewhere less crowded and less polluted. So they fill up their lives with items and pictures that remind them of the life they want but can’t seem to have.
Bamboo is easy to grow, and they grow super-fast. Bamboo furniture will decompose once its lifespan is over, unlike metal and plastic, which have to be recycled or are thrown out into landfills. It’s trendy among environment-concerned people and stylistic individuals who like to have a bit of character in their homes.
Several places in Asia have craftsmen well skilled in working with bamboo. If you can recruit these workers and find a way to ship them over the West with a substantial lack of such things, you’ll find yourself at the doorstep of a booming business.
Organic, healthy vending machines
Yet another idea that would appeal to the current society with its progression towards sustainability and healthy lifestyles.
Vending machines traditionally offer only junk food and sugary drinks. While people trying to get fitter and consume less sugar are trying to avoid such food, that’s all that cafeterias seem to offer in many places.
Starting a chain of vending machines stocked with healthy packed vegetables and vitamin-packed drinks, completely rid of all the oil and sugar of fast food, could be a success. Japan has been doing this for years, but that’s because their culture is infused with teachings of health and preservations.
This business is not a recommendation for entrepreneurs who are looking to start things in a poor neighborhood. Sustainability might be rising in popularity, but like every time, the poor have yet to catch up on the progressive traits of their times. Upscale neighborhoods are a much better place to implement this idea.