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Green Dropshipping Guide: Top 30 Eco Friendly Products to Sell

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One of the most intriguing latest trends is the growing environmental conscience. Dropshipping eco-friendly products nowadays becomes easier than before. We live in a new interesting world, where the buyers are becoming more educated and conscious, eco friendly products can be used in daily life and consumers are searching for the products that would align with their own sustainable lifestyle,.  

By selling eco-friendly items you not only make your impact in preserving the planet but also can step in the raising in-demand niche.

Rising green consumerism involves the emergence of new “green” notions, for example, green dropshipping

In the previous post, we have already talked about how to change the world while making eBay dropshipping. In this article, we’ve gathered for you the facts the sellers need to know about green dropshipping and prepared the list of top 30 eco-friendly products you may sell in your e-commerce shop. 

What is green dropshipping?

Let me back up firstly, dropshipping, in general, is a business model in which the seller doesn’t hold the inventory. The customer places an order for the product, and after receiving payment for it, the seller places the same order with the supplier. Afterward, the supplier ships the product to the buyer.

For its part, green dropshipping is a dropshipping niche that includes the idea of selling eco-friendly products. It is targeted for environmentally-friendly shoppers and was named as one of the growing niches for selling in 2020, which, by the way, still has low competition. For better understanding, eco-friendly items are those that are designed for disposal and reuse, and not harmful to the environment. 

Doing green dropshipping, the sellers list eco-friendly products in their stores, providing more sustainable choices to the shoppers. 

Common DropshippingGreen Dropshipping
SuppliersAny supplierSustainability-focused suppliers
Market ResearchGeneral, any product with high demansNiche research, focused on trends in sustainable consumerism
Selling platformseBay, Amazon, Shopify and self-hosted websiteseBay and Amazon as well, but mostly Shopify and self-built websites
AudienceGeneral, broad audienceFocused, niche audience
Comparing the common dropshipping with eco-friendly focused dropshipping

RecommendationIn dropshipping on eBay, it is recommendable, especially for beginners, to run a general store, where you can combine the products from various niches. Building the dropshipping store around only one niche requires skills such as paid advertising and product sourcing from wholesale suppliers. 

Would it be a good idea to add some eco-friendly items to your dropshipping store? 
Let’s check how they are selling.

Is it trending to sell eco-friendly items? 

If 5-10 years ago the green lifestyle was quite rare, today is mainstream.
Naturally, it is developed in some countries more than in others but the fact is that the eco-friendly products are getting more trendy all over the world: 

Google Trends stats for “eco friendly” search for the last 5 years

This environmental re-awakening influences all spheres of our life, commerce as well. 

According to the International Trade Center of the European Commission, the number of sales in sustainable products over the last 5 years grew for 85% of the retails from these 5 markets: 

Moreover, 92% of those 550 surveyed retails also indicated that they expect sales in sustainable items to increase in the next 5 years.

At the present time, 22% of the total sales belong to the eco-friendly niche. However, business analytics expect that the rise might be 3% by next year. For comparison, the same growth took 3 years before. In general, the U.S. sustainability market is forecast to reach $150 billion in sales by 2021. 

The view to the stats about the growth of the sustainable product sales in USA, presented by Nielsen

We witness how a new type of consumer is strengthening. The modern new shoppers, who are, in their majority, millennials, want to support and protect the ecology, make their own impact in the green movement, or simply follow the laws, habits, and even trends, of their countries. 65% of all online customers want to have greener choices and shop from environmentally-friendly sellers, according to Harvard Business Review. Trying green dropshipping you can find the potential buyers among this group of consumers.

The next question would be what to sell them, right? 

TOP 30 eco-friendly products to dropship

Using the plastic items is quite a contentious topic, and nowadays it is a personal choice, hence, it might change soon, at least in the EU, where the ban of The European Parliament for using 10 different types of single-use plastic items goes into effect in 2021. The changing laws along with growing environmental awareness explains the growth of the demand for reusable products. Secondly, reusable products allow consumers to save money, in most of the cases. 

Taking all the aforementioned facts into account, here is our inspiration-list of the eco-friendly products that you can sell in your dropshipping shop to offer greener choice. We’ve elaborated these recommendations thoroughly, using the ZIK Analytics eBay market research tool and Google trends. We hope you will find your future best-selling items among them!

Let’s get started:

  1. Reusable straws 
    Long-lasting straws is a great product so far, as it offers different options. 

Variaties of the reusable straws

You can find bamboo, silicone, glass, stainless straws, and all of them are selling quite well on eBay.com: 

Zik Analytics product reaserch results for reusable straws

The indicated 1348% sale through rate means that on average every 1 listing on the first page of eBay generates 13 sales. 

If we will continue researching this product in the different eBay markets, we can get even better results, for instance, have a look at these results for UK market:  

Zik Analytics product reaserch results for reusable straws in UK

84 possible buyers for 1 such listing. It can be a good idea to start to dropship it. 

Note: If you would like to check how this product is selling on your marketplace and you don’t have the account in Zik Analytics yet, you can also take advantage of the sniping technique of product research on eBay.

2. Reusable grocery and storage bags
There is a bunch of various storage bags destined to reduce the usage of plastic bags. You can find the inspiration for your next products to dropship among them.

3. Reusable coffee capsules

It is 2 in one:  budget- and ecologically-friendly.

4. Reusable Kitchen Towels 
Different fabric towels or reusable bamboo paper towels can replace the usual paper kitchen towels. 

5.  Silicone Baking Mat
Reusable baking and grill mats are another idea to make your shop greener. 

Silicone baking mat

6. Reusable food wrap 

Reusable food wraps is one of the newest trends in reducing the waste at home that includes different kind of long-lasting wraps that can replace the usual disposable plastics. They can also go as a part of an eco-friendly gift-set for the kitchen.

Example of the reusable food wrap

7. Non-plastic meal containers 
8.  Reusable snack bags 
Glass or metal containers together with reusable fabric or silicone snack bags are another sustainable ideas for selling in green dropshipping.

Options for this product on Aliexpress

Additionally, you can consider dropshipping plastic-less bottles that are becoming more trendy all over the world:

Google trends shows that glass bottles are winning now in the search results

9. Glass bottle
10. Silicone travel bottles

11.  Stainless bottle

For instance, the stainless bottle as an alternative to the plastic bottles has not bad selling rate on eBay: 31 potential buyers for 1 listing on eBay.  Just think: some of them can purchase it in your shop!

Zik Analytics product reaserch results for stainless bottle

12. Quartz/crystal bottle

If you want to have a few competitors on eBay and sell something extraordinary you can add the quartz bottle to your e-Com shop. 

quartz glass bottle
Crystal bottle search results in Amazon

13. Reusable coffee cups 
They have the same look as the coffee-to-go cup from the nearest cafe.  However,  apart from helping your buyer to fill up with energy, they also save energy for our planet. 

This product options in Walmart

14.  Reusable Makeup Wipes
15. Organic soap and cosmetics
16. Water-saving tap faucet aerator
17. Shower flow reducer 

Eco-friendly products aren’t only reusable, non-plastic items, but also those that help to live a more sustainable life, for example, two of our last examples.  Water-saving tap faucets and shower flow controllers help to reduce the daily usage of water, preserving our planet’s natural resources.

18. Smart temperature controller 
In its turn, the programmable wireless temperature controllers save energy costs and help us to conserve energy. The lovers of the smart house can be interested to buy it.

19. Bamboo toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrush search results in Aliexpress

Recommendation: Sourcing from Aliexpress has many peculiarities, in this complete guide on how to dropship to eBay from Aliexpress, you can know better what it’s necessary to consider in choosing the products and listing them in your shop.

20. Non-plastic organizers for home
It can be different fabric or cotton organizers for cloth and shoes along with metal, wooden, or bamboo bowls for personal things. Apart from their ecological benefit, they also look nicer than plastic baskets and boxes. 

Example of such non-plastic storage from Aliexpress

21. Biodegradable trash bags

It is another alternative to single-use plastic bags, that can be a handy instrument in everyone’s kitchen.

 

22. Biodegradable dog waste bags 
23.Biodegradable garden pots

They can be a great alternative to the small plastic pots and trays for gardening enthusiasts with ecological awareness. 

Biodegradable garden pot-options from Aliexperss

24. Disposable wooden cutlery 
Some businesses in food industry had already moved from plastic cutlery to the wooden one.  It’s another green option to drop ship. 

View at such wooden cutlery set in Amazon

25. Reusable washable diapers 
If you focus on selling the products for children, the washable baby diapers can bring greener alternatives within your dropshipping store. 

This product search results in Aliexpress

26. Rechargeable batteries
They are more energy-efficient and produce less waste. However, its main advantage is that you can use them for years. Well, just don´t forget to charge them!

On the other hand, it can be a good catch for your dropshipping store, as for now, there are 99 potential buyers for 1 listing on eBay: 

Almost 100 sales per listing on the first page of the eBay search results. Zik Analytics product reaserch results for recharcheable batteries

27. Solar portable lamp
Renewable energy sources have a significant contribution to bringing down carbon discharges and creating a sustainable environment. Besides, the range of innovative solar products grows very fast, thanks to the developed technologies. Consequently, various solar items appear in the market at affordable prices. If you are thinking to do green dropshipping as well, you can consider adding them to your store. 

Google trends results for solar lamp for last 12 months

28. Solar power bank
This sustainable product is getting pretty trendy. The statistics speak by itself: 46 potential buyers for 1 eBay listing. 81% out of all listings get a purchase. Plus, the sum of earnings from selling this item is higher among all the abovementioned examples. 

Zik Analytics product reaserch results for solar power bank

29. Solar bluetooth speaker
30. Smart socket plugin 
Automatization increasingly enters our homes every day. The smart outlet plugins can be a good idea to start to sell because they are not only modern additions to our homes but also present the sustainable daily solutions, which help to save the energy and reduce monthly utility costs.  

Example of smart plugin outlet from Aliexpress

As you can see there is plenty of ideas on how it is possible to become a part of green dropshipping and make your e-commerce shop more sustainable. The suggested green products are related to absolutely different categories: pets, children, home and kitchen appliances, technologies, gardening, beauty products, etc., that’s why it’s easy to combine them with other niche items. 

We hope you’ve found which eco-friendly product to dropship among offered ideas. We wish to see more dropshippers choose environmentally friendly products when looking for products for dropshipping. That includes you, who is now ready to make your shop greener. 

Written by Diana Velyka

Diana joined DSM Tool in 2019 as a Customer Success Manager and helped thousands of e-commerce owners to run their online shops. Today, she is a part of the content team of Dropship Academy where she focuses mainly on the drop shipping research to help the global entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, playing the guitar and learning languages.

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