These are some weird times. One thing I’m grateful for, however, is that brands that I know and trust are pivoting and helping us navigate through this uncertainty a little more safely by creating face masks in wake of a massive shortage.
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These face masks are from brands that help us be sustainable in our everyday lives. Face masks weren’t their original product, but they made time and allocated resources to create them due to a massive shortage. Most are crafted from organic materials. It is important to note that these face masks are not a replacement for medical grade masks. There are ways that you can make them safer, such as adding a coffee filter or filters from HEPA systems. According to the some studies, adding filters like these help to keep contagious particles from entering and exiting your mask. There are also several tips and DIY face mask on the CDC coronavirus information web pages.
But now look here… y’all know that I am not a doctor. I am not providing any medical advice to you. I am simply sharing reputable eco-friendly brands that I trust because they have taken the time, resources, and man/woman-power to create masks in our collective time of crisis. I hope you can find one that suits you and your loved ones!
Keep in mind that many of these companies are operating at full capacity. Check their listings for restock dates and to see if they are currently for sale, will be on sale later, or if they are available for pre-sale. Join their email lists to receive updates and even advanced shopping times once they restock their face masks.
Face Mask by Sustainable Brands & Small Brands
Naturepedic creates expertly crafted organic mattresses. I know because I sleep on one! You can read about my Naturepedic mattress here. They have dedicated part of their production facility to creating face masks from 100% cotton material. The masks are machine washable and reusable. They are sold in a set of 6, making it a great value.
Beya Made is another brand that I love. The owner and creator, Laurel, worked in fast fashion before she very intentionally stepped out on her own to create a slow fashion brand for children. The clothes that she creates are clothes that grow with your kids! Back to the mask – there are two different types of masks that can choose from. For each mask sold, one is donated to Georgia hospitals.
Based on the Baggu team’s extensive research (see the Baggu instagram stories), this reusable bag brand created a face mask made from quilting cotton. This fabric is tightly knit, which helps to lessen the spread of droplets through it. Even though this fabric is tightly knit, it is still breathable. The color block design is gorgeous, but a fun fact about it is that it is a result of working with different amounts of fabric available to them. For every pack of masks sold, they are donating a pack of surgical masks to healthcare workers.
Marley’s Monsters is a brand that is known for their signature UNpaper® Towels and Toilet UNpaper® Rolls that help us to break up with paper towels and toilet paper. Made from the 100% cotton flannel that many of their products are crafted from, the masks were designed specifically with health care professionals in mind.
The Needle & the Belle
Aaronica is the woman behind both The Crunchy Mommy & The Needle & the Belle. She has been sharing tips to live sustainably for several years, and now she’s sharing her talent for sewing to help with the mask shortage. If you’d like to try your hand at making a mask, she share face mask sewing instructions. If you’d rather purchase some, she has them available on her website.
Parachute Home creates organic bedding, mattresses, and home decor. The masks that they are now creating and selling are made from the same 100% cotton that they use to create bed sheets. When you buy a set of the Parachute Home face masks, a set is donated to those in need.
Groceries Apparel uses sustainable fabrics to create timeless everyday garments. Now, they’re using those fabrics and the same processes – organic cotton and vegetable dye – to create masks. The sets come in all black, all white, or all tie dye pattern created with all-natural, hand-dipped, non-toxic indigo vegetable dye. When you purchase one set of 3 reusable face masks, another set of 3 masks is donated to those who need them.
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