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.
It’s what originally led founder, Janean Mann, over the border from El Paso to Juarez in 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. In a place plagued by human and drug trafficking, a culture of corruption, cartels, and misogyny had created a perfect storm of mass violence against innocent women. 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.
Foundations settled, more was no longer enough. It was time to do the most.
Plastic bags are one thing, but waste from textiles and fast fashion is its own beast. In fact, the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, second only to oil. We realized that using sustainable fabrics was a good start, but lowering our contribution to the mess just wasn’t enough. We had to help clean it up.
We began by making intentional choices with sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping to reduce our supply chain distance and carbon footprint and created our own recycling program to keep old reusable bags from ending up in a landfill. 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.
To us, caring about women’s rights and the future of the planet go hand in hand. As creators, we see it as our obligation to ensure every single thing we bring into this world moves it in the right direction, and we’re committed to that, always.
A partnership of female creators.
The women in El Paso +
Janean Mann - Founder
Lola Vaughn - Operations
Nikki Ruiz - Community + Operations
The women in Juarez +
Lluvia Santoyo - Production Manager