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Mission

Environmental + Social Impact

ECO-CONSCIOUS STRONG
Over the lifetime of use of one of Junes bags will save the equivalent of over 700 disposable plastic bags. According to the Climate Society at Columbia University, destruction of habitat, ocean toxicity, fossil fuel emissions, and soil pollution have all been linked to single-use plastic bags. About 12 million barrels of oil are used to make 30 million plastic bags that use every year—just in the United States. No plastic is every thrown away and single-use plastic bags are often the most lingering and transgressing of landfill waste. At Junes, our objective is to provide a versatile, affordable, high quality, and chic alternative to plastic bags—and do our part to slow down climate change.



MADE TO EMPOWER

Junes is also committed to stopping, preventing, and protecting women from femicide, especially in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico the neighboring border city to El Paso, Texas. On Janean's visit to Ciudad Juárez, she was overwhelmed by the multitude of fliers depicting missing young women in a city plagued for years by human and narco trafficking. She decided then and there that a portion of proceeds from Junes will go towards The Global Fund for Women which supports various organizations in Mexico that prevent violence against women.

To further empower women and support fair wage labor, the bags are all made in the USA or sewn by an independent women’s sewing cooperative in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

 Poster of missing woman in Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico
FEMICIDE
On Janean's visit to Juarez, she was struck by all the fliers of missing young women. She decided that Junes was to be committed to help stop, prevent and protect women from the violence and Femicide that has been troubling the region for decades. For each bag you purchase, a small percentage of the purchase price will be given to the Global Fund for Women which supports various organizations in Mexico and Juarez that help prevent Femicide and protect women against violence.

 

Below are a selection of articles for more information and history of the violence against women in Jaurez. 

Female Homicides In Ciudad Juárez

Wave Of Violence Swallows More Women In Juárez

Gendered Violence: Murder In The Maquiladoras

Mexico: Justice Fails In Ciudad Juárez And The City Of Chihuahua

 

BLOOD RISING

A beautiful and touching documentary by Mark Mclouglin about the artist, Brian Mcquire, painting portraits of some of the victims from Juarez. Read an in-depth article about the documentary in The Guardian.

Blood Rising Promo from Mark McLoughlin on Vimeo.

 

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