With the public and business becoming more environmentally conscious, especially from Government pressure, there has been an increase in the number of green industries. Environmental franchises or ‘green franchises’ focus on a number of areas, such as cleaning, automotive and retail business sectors.
The most common environmental franchise opportunities are cleaning franchises, which involve the deep cleaning of commercial properties, but using environmentally-friendly techniques. New retail franchises are entering the market that provide renewable energy solutions to the domestic, commercial and public sector markets. These businesses not only sell, but install these technologies, namely solar PV, wind turbines, solar thermal, biomass boilers, heat pumps and rainwater harvesting. Other businesses manufacture and sell low-energy sustainable domestic ventilation equipment. There are also a small number of recycling franchises entering the market.