The three cardinal rules of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle—Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle—is common knowledge, but actually living it is a little less common. Junes, an eco-conscious brand designed by Janean Mann—a local El Pasoan whose brand boasts of stockists in New York City, Oakland, and even Guam—is a friend of the Earth. These breathable mesh totes eschew harmful, high carbon footprint, single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable ones cut from environmentally conscientious cloth.
Fabricated in a women’s sewing co-operative business in Juárez City, across the Rio Grande from Janean’s hometown of El Paso, Texas that ensures fair labor conditions. Junes also donates a percentage of the profit to the Global Fund for Women. The fund helps to stop violence against women, especially in cities torn apart by Cartel drug violence such as Juárez City, Mexico bordering El Paso, Texas.
It all started during a homecoming trip to El Paso, Texas when Janean ventured across the border, and stumbled upon a Juárez City fabric store stocked with distinct fabrics, when the idea struck her to create a bag that would meet her standards for design and functionality. From this initial spark, Junes was born and designed to marry simple elegance with daily functionality.
The textiles are all one-of-a-kind fabrics that are both durable and breathable—from the Original Mesh bags to the latest arrival of the Mexicana collection. Don’t be fooled by the breathable mesh texture as these bags are made to last without showing visible signs of wear and tear.
The versatility of the product speaks for itself, as it can be used to tote fresh produce, gym gear, books, or just about anything that you might pick up on an impulse buy. One of the coolest features of the Junes bag is that it folds up neatly and compactly to fit inside your everyday bag—adding a sprinkle of green design fairy dust magic to your last-minute storage solutions.
Junes can be found in store locally at Whole Foods Market, Charlotte’s, and Mom’s Fresh Juice.
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