It started with a simple idea – save more plastic bags from being wasted by creating a reusable one that people actually want to carry. Making them cute, foldable, and affordable was the goal, but we realized early on that we could do more.
What originally led founder, Janean Mann, over the border from El Paso to Juarez was the search of the perfect materials for her bags. During a trip in 2014, she was struck by the rows of fliers pleading for information on missing women, mostly young girls - the deaths having grown exponentially since her last visit. Once again, we felt pulled to do even more.
Janean launched Junes in dedication to helping the women of Juarez, weaving the mission into the very fabric of our bags. We’ve partnered with an all-female sewing co-op there to help women sustainably support their families and donate a portion of all sales to the Global Fund for Women to empower and protect women from gender-based violence.
We began by making intentional choices with sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping to reduce our supply chain distance and carbon footprint. This work led us to recently achieving our largest environmental goal yet - launching a revolutionary new fabric that is made from recycled plastic and won’t last forever in the environment.