The novel coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted typical production for many fashion and home goods brands. Newfound social distancing and quarantining measures have made it difficult for brick and mortar stores to stay open, forcing companies to look at new methods to keep people employed. Instead of completely closing up shop, a number of companies—small businesses and large brands alike—have shifted their focus to producing face masks for both healthcare workers on the front lines and the public.
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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a directive asking all Americans to wear face masks or cloth face coverings while out in public. While medical-grade masks like N95s are not available to the general population (and any supplies of these masks should be donated to healthcare workers), cloth face coverings can still aid in stopping the spread of the virus. And during a time when supporting small businesses and giving back to healthcare workers feels more important than ever, we're showing you masks you can purchase that can do both. Ahead, find cloth face masks you can buy now that are washable, reusable, breathable, and easy to wear.
Courtesy of Rais Case
Each mask is cut and sewn in California and is made with high-quality breathable eco-twill fabric. Every one bought helps the company provide masks for healthcare workers. You can also purchase masks specifically for donation straight to hospitals.
Shop Now: Rais Case Eco-Cotton Twill Reusable Face Mask, $18, raiscase.com.
Courtesy of Briar Baby
Made from beautiful Liberty of London fabrics, these masks come in a number of floral patterns. They offer both child- and adult-sized masks, and the company will donate one mask to a healthcare worker for every individual mask purchased.
Shop Now: Briar Baby "Briar" Mask, $20, briarbaby.com.
Courtesy of Dear Loa
Offered in a number of light hues, these face masks are lined with muslin fabric and feature a pocket where you can place a filter for extra protection.
Shop Now: Dear Loa Face Masks, $12, dearloa.com.
Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity
After creating masks for frontline healthcare workers, the renowned apparel company is now selling masks to the public. Each pack of five contains an assortment of colors. It's recommended that you wash the masks prior to wear.
Shop Now: Citizens of Humanity Cotton Mask, $25 for five, citizensofhumanity.com.
Courtesy of Rendall Co.
This simple chambray face mask touts an embedded copper nose band for a secure fit that also reduces fogging for those who wear glasses.
Shop Now: Rendall Co "Sentry" Face Mask, $19, rendallco.com.
Courtesy of Avocado
Made from certified organic cotton canvas, this mask features two tie straps for closure, ensuring a more tailored fit. The company has already made 114,000 masks to date and has a goal of reaching 500,000. And, all of Avocado Green Mattress's masks are not for profit.
Shop Now: Avocado Green Mattress "Organic" Cotton Face Mask, $23 for four, avocadogreenmattress.com.
Courtesy of Candid Art Accessories
A tan-hued patterned mask is an elevated option, and this one is constructed from 100 percent quilter's cotton, offering a tighter weave while maintaining breathability.
Shop Now: Candid Artist Accessories "Terrazzo" Face Mask, from $14, candidartaccessories.com.
Courtesy of Tailors' Keep
Made in San Francisco, this mask features an elastic ear strap for easy wear and is constructed from American-made denim.
Shop Now: Tailors' Keep Chambray Mask, $25, tailorskeep.com.
Courtesy of Goodfight
Not only does this mask feature a sleeve for a replaceable filter, but the company will also donate a mask to local institutions in need.
Shop Now: Goodfight "MK-I" Face Mask, $30, gdfht.com.