The Top Environmentally Friendly Industries

While the traditional view has been that 'green' business practices and profits are diametrically opposed to each other, increasing efficiencies in technology, along with increased scientific understanding of environmental impact, has shown otherwise. From such inglorious pursuits as pest control and extermination to looming windmill turbines, the business landscape is changing - and it's for the better for Mother Earth.

One of these areas of industrial growth actually is taking advantage of consumers' tightened budgets - recycling businesses for printer ink cartridges. With new ink cartridges frequently costing an arm and a leg, consumers have become more interested in refills that allow them to save money while not curbing their (often work-mandatory) printing habits. Conveniently, this service also drastically reduces environmental waste, making it a win-win situation for everyone - except, perhaps, the original manufacturers of the ink cartridges.

Speaking of packaging, many corporations are finding cost-efficiency benefits in converting from wasteful product packaging to earth-friendly alternatives. Some of the largest shopping outlets and fast food chains in the world have saved hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades - simply by switching from foam packaging to paper. Meanwhile, others have targeted their supply chains' modes of transportation for an eco-friendly upgrade, benefiting from enormous gasoline savings by converting package transport vehicles to electric models.

Of course, those who are most likely to spend money on easy meals or shopping trips are also most likely to enjoy a good vacation. In the tourism industry, too, studies have shown that hotels and resorts that operated on an environmentally-friendly model experienced greater profits than those who didn't bother. With profits as much as doubling when comparing an 'ungreen' tourism hotspot to a green one, business owners have every reason to go to the trouble of grabbing those eco certifications as

Then there's pest control and extermination, which is a minor nuisance for a private garden, but a major expense for traditional farmers. Worldwide studies have examined the overall productivity between environmentally-friendly pest-controlled plots and ones using 'unfriendly' pesticides. Surprisingly, there was little difference between the two in crop output, while the farmers using green pest-control solutions also found themselves saving on pesticide expenses.

Farming practices also are beginning to see reform from the carnivore's end of the scale. With major fish-farming companies banding together to create eco-positive techniques of factory-farming, green seems to be the probable and very immediate future for your seafood, if not your steak. Global health concerns also are leading the way in this industry's growth, which may provide models for other animal-farming industries to borrow in years to come.