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

By Nichole L. Torres

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Did you ever dream about saving the environment-but still makinga bit of money on the side? Then you might consider starting anenvironmentally friendly business. This will not only give you thechance to support a cause you believe in, but also appease yourdesire to build a successful enterprise. And while you'll facecertain challenges in going green, you'll also reap some greatrewards.

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

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