How to fight plastic pollution with Junes’ sustainable bins

Plastic bags have been banned in California and are rightly blamed for contributing to a huge environmental crisis. Reusable and washable tote bags are surely the way to go…but you also want to look stylish. Junes tote bags are fashionable, durable and will help you save the world.

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Plastic bags seem to have been around forever. But in reality, plastic bags did all their damage from 1960. It was then that the Swedish company Cellplast patented its brand of plastic bags called “plastic bags for t-shirts”.

Related: These bags are made with Fairtrade certified organic cotton

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Today, more than 730,000 tons of plastic bags, bags and packaging are used every year. Over 87% of this ends up in landfills and the oceans. Carrying a tote bag can make a huge difference. Even if you only use one less plastic bag per year, you can have a big impact. If every American used one less plastic bag per year, more than 200,000,000 plastic bags would stay out of landfills and oceans. That’s a big difference for a tote bag to do.

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The fashion industry is a huge polluter. Films, bags and plastic packaging are used in excessive quantities. Junes founder Janean Mann decided to find a way to change the fashion industry with her company by sourcing materials responsibly and checking every step of the supply chain to minimize plastic waste and the carbon footprint. The company has created an internal recycling program to keep plastic bags from ending up in landfills.

A woman wearing a pink outfit holding a pink tote bag and an apple in her other hand

But it wasn’t enough. That’s why Junes tote bags are made with Bio-Knit, a signature fabric. The knit fabric is impregnated with a special additive that allows natural microbes to consume the fibers, the same way they consume natural cotton fibers. Bio-Knit softens over time as it is washed, which you can do in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Plus, it’s made with recycled plastic bottles, as part of Junes’ commitment to create no new plastic.

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Additionally, Mann wanted to help not only the problem of plastic pollution, but also the many issues that women face. While searching for materials for her bags in 2014, she noticed rows and rows of flyers desperately searching for missing women.

A woman wearing a pink dress holding a lavender tote bag

As a result, Mann decided to employ the women of Juarez, creating an all-female sewing cooperative. This helps them support themselves and their families. Additionally, a portion of all tote bag sales go to the Global Fund for Women, an organization that empowers and protects women from gender-based violence.

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Bryce K. Locke