Junes

It’s a fact.
Women support.
They shoulder. They carry. 
And now, you can carry the bag that supports them back. 
Founded in El Paso, Texas,
Junes works with a female sewing co-op in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
to offer a sustainable income
for the women there. 
Then, for every bag purchased,
a donation is made to help empower and protect women from violence, through the Global Fund for Women. 
So carry this bag, and you’re not
only preventing 700 plastic bags
from polluting the earth.
But you’re also helping carry women out of poverty and violence. 
Our Story
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.

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.

BioKnitTM
Sometimes helping the earth means joining it 
Junes believe in fabrics that won’t pollute landfills and waterways for decades to come. Their new Bio-Knit mesh combines recycled plastic fibers with a revolutionary new technology to create a bag that is equal parts strong and sustainable – made to last, but not forever. 
How it works 
Their mesh uses thread infused with an additive called CiCLO®. This ingredient allows naturally occurring microbes in landfills and seawater to consume the fibers, just like they would cotton, wool, or rayon. 

Even stronger 
Doing better by the planet made Junes more durable. You may notice that Bio-Knit fabric feels a little different - it will soften up over time and washes, without losing tenacity. And since they add the CiCLO® technology to their recycled bottle polyester during the meltdown process, it becomes embedded and never washes away. 
Together, with the help of CiCLO® technology, they can begin to solve how products impact their planet and close the loop on plastic pollution. 
Sustainable practices and partners 
Whether it’s sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, or shipping, Junes make intentional choices to do what’s best for both humans and nature. That mission took them on a two year search to find the right partners, materials, and process to create Bio-Knit. Today, all June’s yarn and fabric is made in the US to reduce our supply chain distance and our carbon footprint.