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Environmentally Sound Startup

There's never been a better time to start a green business.

This story appears in the October 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Did you ever dream about saving the environment-but still making a bit of money on the side? Then you might consider starting an environmentally friendly business. This will not only give you the chance to support a cause you believe in, but also appease your desire to build a successful enterprise. And while you'll face certain challenges in going green, you'll also reap some great rewards.

The time could not be better, according to Eric Brown, communications director of the Center for a New American Dream, a Takoma Park, Maryland, nonprofit organization that encourages sustainable lifestyles and businesses. "The need [to produce] things without using as many natural resources and the need [to produce] materials and products without contributing to global climate change will dictate that we buy things differently," he predicts. "And people [will] manufacture and sell things differently." Brown notes that green businesses can be anything from a flooring services company that re-mills old floors to a pest control service that uses nontoxic chemicals to a business that sells all-natural pet care products.

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