Green Economy

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed!” Mahatma Gandhi

Environmental pollution is increasing due to the rising world population, unconscious consumption of natural resources and the use of production tools with environmental insensitivity. Sustainable production started to be discussed in the 1970s against the destruction of nature and the acceleration of global warming. As a result, the relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability has an important place on the agenda of the business world. In this respect, the environmental awareness has been expanded onto industrial environments thanks to various researches, submits, congresses, and new sustainable policies have been developed. One of these policies is called as “Green Economy” which is aimed at making the natural sources more sustainable and decreasing the carbon footprint with its approach of environmental awareness. In this scope, International Chamber of Commerce declared a manifest called as “Green Economy Roadmap.” In this manifest, it was highlighted that the business world, governmental institutions and civil societies needed to get common responsibility and work together for a collective action. In the scope of this action, the conditions of transition to green economy are specified under ten topics. These topics are innovation, collaboration, governance, short / long term strategies, bottom up / green growth and top down macro-economic green economy actions, multilateralism, economic innovation, social innovation, environmental innovation and cross-cutting, mutually reinforcing elements. As well as International Chamber of Commerce, European Union declared “European Green Deal” on the date of 19th November 2019. With this deal also known as Green Transformation Strategy” it is aimed to set the greenhouse gas emission to zero till 2050. The onjectives are specified as follow:1. To increase climate aim of 2030 and 2050 2. To provide clean, reachable and confidential energy 3. To mobilize the industry for clean and cyclical economy 4. To realise renovation and construction of energy and source effectivity 5. To develop fair, healthy and eco-friendly food systems “from field to fork” 6. To save and renew ecosystems and biodiversity 7. To accelerate the transition to sustainable and smart transportationThis deal has got attention of not only the countries in European Region but also other countries out of the region, which are in a commercial and/or political relation with European countries. The target groups reacted instantly to this green economy policy and the developments towards the production of especially recyclable and more than one reusable goods has been carried out. In addition, many countries take action against the usage of disposable plastic packaging and has developed such policies as banning, taxing or charging. In addition to these policies, a volunteering action has been occurred for the green economy by civil population in many countries in such a way that it has been started to give up using especially the disposable plastic packages, which are harmful for the nature and raise the carbon footprint. As an alternative to disposable plastic packages, especially the recyclable or reusable paper ones suitably qualified have been becoming more popular recently. We have been observing that the paper bags take plastics bags’ place in especially fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), textile, food and grocery industries. This shift is highly important development for getting positive reaction to green economy policies. One of the major reasons of this development is that recycling or reusing the paper goods saves seventeen tress and forest area of 85 meter square. This means to protect annually eighty million pine trees and forest area of forty thousand meter square. The recyclable and reusable features of paper make the paper bags an attractive alternative for green production and sustainable nature. Therefore they are being intensively used in especially FMCG, textile, food and grocery industries. To answer the bellow questions will make clearer the importance of using recyclable and reusable paper bags as an alternative to disposable plastic bags for green economy and a sustainable nature.– What is paper bag? – They are carrying bags made of paper and used for packaging or transport purposes. It is especially used in textile, food, fast consumption, pet and charcoal industries. – What are the paper bag varieties? The paper bags vary in accordance with their usage purposes. They are basically categorized as flat handle, twisted handle, without handle, SOS bags, with bottom, without bottom, with gusset or without gusset etc. – What kind of papers are paper bags made from? Generally, the kraft paper is used for making paper bag. The recycled kraft paper bag, virgin kraft paper bag, the mix (recycled and virgin) kraft paper bag are the most popular ones in many industries.