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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed our lives—from how we travel to what we wear. And while some states and countries have started to slowly re-open, it looks like wearing a face mask is a safety precaution we’ll have to get used to wearing for the foreseeable future. After all, it quite literally saves lives.
Together with practicing social distancing, covering your face in public places is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC, wearing a non-medical face mask prevents respiratory droplets produced by an infected person from landing in another person’s mouth or nose and in this way infecting him or her with the virus.
So instead of constantly throwing away disposable masks after each use, consider purchasing a few washable and reusable ones. Not only are they more environmentally-friendly but you actually get to choose the color and the print that fits your personal style the most. Another bonus? Since a lot of fashion companies are supporting different health charities with part of their online sales, your purchase will also be doing a lot of good in communities around the world.
Here, we rounded up 13 of the most stylish face masks made by brands that give back.
Erdem Face Mask Meadow Teal
Erdem has repurposed leftover fabric from his Pre Fall 2020 collection to create a limited-edition cotton face mask. The beautiful floral print was specially designed for him in Italy. The face mask features an interior pocket for filters and fabric-covered elasticized straps. All of the proceeds from the masks go to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal helping those most affected by the pandemic in the UK.
To buy: $65, erdem.com
Baggu Fabric Mask Set
Add a pop of color to your outfits with Baggu’s bold-hued reusable masks. They are crafted from quilter’s cotton that is much stronger and has a much tighter wave than regular cotton and provides better protection against respiratory droplets. The masks are made in Los Angeles and feature adjustable straps and a nose wire as well as a pocket for a filter insert. Baggu donates a pack of surgical masks to healthcare workers for every pack of masks sold on their website.
To buy: #32/pack of 3, baggu.com
Re/Done Jersey Tie-Dye Mask
Tie-dye prints are all the rage this summer and this face mask is a good way to embrace the trend while protecting yourself and others. It's made from machine washable cotton jersey and has elasticized ear straps and Re/Done donates five masks to front-line workers nationwide for every mask purchased from their website.
To buy: $20, shopredone.com
Silvia Tcherassi Face Mask
Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi’s face mask is handmade from leftover cotton fabric from her previous collections and has adjustable straps. Tcherassi donates all of the proceeds from the masks to Every Mother Counts, an organization founded by supermodel Christy Turlington that works to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women around the globe.
To buy: $40, silviatcherassi.com
KES Sustainable Washable Face Mask
KES’s sustainable face masks are designed to completely cover your nose, mouth, and chin. The tie straps ensure a secure fit while the interior pocket can be used for additional filter inserts. KES will donate one face mask to a healthcare professional for each mask purchased from its website.
To buy: $21, kesnyc.com
VPL Japanese Silk Maru Obi Face Mask
Sustainable athleisure company VPL has really raised the bar with their face masks. It has sourced special silk brocade fabric from rare kimono sashes that come in orange, gold, cream, and black and feature traditional Japanese prints. There is an interior pocket for a filter insert and the masks have elasticized ear loops. VPL donates the proceeds from the sales of its masks to Fashion Girls for Humanity, a charity that currently produces and donates PPE gowns to front-line healthcare workers.
To buy: $125, vplstore.com
Rainbow Face Coverings
The rainbows printed on these masks were painted by kids and each mask has a label printed with an uplifting message (because we all need some positive vibes in these trying times). They are made from cotton and sport both a loop and an adjustable strap for a secure fit. All of the proceeds from the masks benefit NYC Health + Hospitals that operates the public hospitals and clinics in New York City.
To buy: $25/set of 2, uncommongoods.com
Alice + Olivia Protective Face Mask
Alice and Olivia’s face mask comes in a playful allover print. The double-layer protective mask is made from a blend of viscose and elastane and has elastic ear loops. The company has so far donated over 100,000 face masks to healthcare workers and hospitals.
To buy: $10, aliceandolivia.com
Athleta 5-Pack Non-Medical Face Mask
Athleta’s triple-layer face masks feature a nose wire and adjustable earloops for a secure fit. There are five masks in different shades in each pack. Athleta is working with a major healthcare organization to donate 100,000 non-medical face masks to front-line workers.
To buy: $30/pack of 5, athleta.com
Akris Small Cotton Voile Face Mask
Akris has used Swiss cotton voile to craft this brightly hued washable and reusable face mask designed to fit securely against your face and to cover your nose, mouth, and cheeks. It has adjustable ear straps that help achieve that perfect fit. Half of all proceeds go towards the Children’s Defense Fund.
To buy: $100, akris.com
Cotton Citizen Face Mask
Cotton Citizen’s face masks feature the coolest tie dye-inspired prints. They are made in factories in Los Angeles and have two cotton layers, a wire nose bridge, and elastic ear loops.
When you’re purchasing a mask from Revolve, you are supporting the company’s Go Fund Me campaign that raises funds for healthcare workers and hospitals in the US. Additionally, the company’s ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts include donating more than 35,000 masks to 17 hospitals in the country and the commitment to donate 204,000 more masks to over 74 hospitals.
To buy: $28, revolve.com
Prabal Gurung Floral Jacquard Face Mask
Prabal Gurung is known for his sophisticated designs and gorgeous red carpet dresses. And these floral jacquard face masks with tie ear straps are handmade in New York City using upcycled fabrics from the designer’s past collections. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of the masks (and the matching jacquard tote) help support front-line healthcare workers and hospitals.
To buy: $55, prabalgurung.com
Tanya Taylor Protective Face Masks
The designer has used upcycled fabric in bold prints to create protective double-layer face masks. They feature elastic earloops in contrasting shades and a nose clip to securely hold the mask in place. Tanya Taylor is raising funds to support healthcare workers in New York City fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, for every purchase from the designer’s website, she donates the funds for one face mask to be produced and donated to a medical worker.
To buy: $35, tanyataylor.com