Why Side Hustles And The Environment Don’t Always Go Together

Sarah Minnis
14 min readAug 20, 2021

Are you really bothered about any costs other than financial ones?

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Side Hustles are all the rage in these uncertain times. No-one dreams of a ‘Main Hustle’ anymore. Who’s desperate to work a 9–5 job? No-one! And who can blame them?

The environment and climate change are all the rage too. It’s suddenly everywhere and it’s trendy! I was part of an environmental group at school, we did litter-picks and got heckled by other students…oh how the times have changed!

But who talks about the link between the environment and your side hustle? Almost nobody from what I’ve seen.

When we think of the term side hustle, we think of passive income, working from home, writing e-books/ blogging, maybe creating a Youtube channel etc. We think of print on demand and t-shirts and mugs and hats. Maybe an online course or membership platform.

But here’s a question for you…

Do you ever think of the environmental impact of your side hustle?

Do you even care as long as you can still make bill payments? Or if you can make a little extra to buy a few nice things for yourself?

Let’s look at some ways you can be a bit more environmentally aware when running a side hustle.

Print On Demand

This is the big one that stands out for me. Head and shoulders above the rest, this one is the obvious offender. And it’s one which I find myself to be a bit of a hypocrite with to be honest.

I have a print on demand store on RedBubble, and I have Society 6 and Spoonflower accounts ready and waiting in the wings. For me, I love the design and creative elements to it. And the ease too, I’m not a techie person, but I can upload a design I created in an app and put it on a mug without having to understand coding, graphic design or anything like that!

Whilst I like to think I’m conscious of a lot of eco-friendly/ green initiatives, I think this is one of those times where you have to pick and choose both what you’re willing to prioritise and what you’re willing to ‘sacrifice’. I recycle, I buy handmade and local where I can, I support small, independent businesses, I share those…



Sarah Minnis

I write about side hustles, productivity and creativity whilst trying to live an eco-friendly and happy life. I love learning new crafts, words and skills!