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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed our lives—from how we travel to what we wear. And while vaccines have slowly started to be distributed, wearing a face mask is a safety precaution we’ll have to get used to wearing for the foreseeable future as experts are predicting that the general public won’t start being vaccinated until the summer.
Together with practicing social distancing, covering your face in public places is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. So face masks have become a must-have accessory that can literally save lives. 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.
But 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 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 18 of the most stylish face masks made by brands that give back.
Ganni Patchwork Cotton Face Mask
Sustainable fashion brand Ganni just launched reusable cotton face masks crafted from a hundred percent organic cotton. The masks are also partially made from repurposed materials from Ganni’s previous collections. The ruffle-trimmed designs are machine-washable and come with matching printed cotton fabric pouches. Ganni is donating 15 percent of its sales to UN Women’s global programs to support and protect women on the frontlines of COVID-19, especially those who are experiencing domestic violence.
To buy: $35/pack of 3, ganni.com
Nili Lotan Striped Face Mask
The sales from Israeli designer Nili Lotan’s striped cotton face mask support medical workers at NYU Langone medical center. The mask has ties that guarantee a secure and custom fit.
To buy: $30, nililotan.com
Discover Night Silk Face Mask
Discover Night’s 3-ply antibacterial face masks have been spotted on celebrities such as Adele, Priyanka Chopra, and Nina Dobrev. They are crafted from hypoallergenic Mulberry silk that is gentle on the skin and comes in seven beautiful hues. For every mask Discover Night sells, the company donates five disposal masks to healthcare workers.
To buy: $55, discovernight.com
Burberry Vintage Check Cotton Face Mask
Earlier this year Burberry started using leftover fabric in its famous check pattern to produce 3-ply face masks with elasticized ear loops. The British company allocates all profits from the mask sales to the Burberry Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund that supports communities impacted by the pandemic worldwide.
To buy: $120, burberry.com
Stella McCartney Face Mask
Stella McCartney’s Italian-made face mask is crafted from organic cotton and features the label’s name and founding year on its front. For every purchased mask, the designer, who is also notorious for her environmental work, has committed to planting a tree in partnership with Conservation International.
To buy: $95, stellamccartney.com
ERDEM X The Royal Ballet Face Mask
Designer Erdem Moralioglu teamed up with the Royal Ballet to create a beautiful face mask using leftover fabric from his 2019 fall collection. The mask features elasticized straps covered in matching fabric and a filter pocket. All proceeds from the sale will support the Royal Opera House stages and community of artists and craftspeople.
To buy: $65, erdem.com
Alice & Olivia Face Mask
Stock up on Alice & Olivia’s boldly printed face masks available in 12 designs and help support the brand’s efforts to combat food insecurity in America. A dollar from every purchase will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign that can provide up to ten meals to children.
To buy: $13, aliceandolivia.com
Akris Large Cotton Face Masks Bundle - Navy/Orange/Beige
Made from high-quality Swiss cotton poplin, Akris’s face masks are designed with extra coverage in mind—enough to cover your nose, mouth, and cheeks. They also feature adjustable ear bands and come in a set of three—in black, beige, and orange. Half of all proceeds go towards the Children’s Defense Fund.
To buy: $300, akris.com
Free People Mercado Global Give-1-Get-1 Face Mask
Free People’s striped face masks are handmade in Guatemala by women employed by the social justice nonprofit Mercado Global. For each mask you buy, the company will donate one to people fighting for different social and health causes such as racial injustice, immigration, and the prevention of COVID-19 spread in Guatemala.
To buy: $13, freepeople.com
Net-a-Porter Printed Recycled Silk-Crepe Face Mask
Net-a-Porter’s sustainably-made silk crepe face mask features antibacterial lining and adjustable elasticized ear loops. Every purchase supports Women for Women International, an organization that helps women in conflict zones move from poverty and rebuild their lives.
To buy: $50, net-a-porter.com
Ulla Johnson Face Mask
New York City-based designer Ulla Johnson has repurposed leftover fabric from past collections to create washable and reusable one-of-a-kind facemasks, all handmade in the brand’s NYC atelier. And you can feel good about your purchase, too—the designer donates all of the proceeds to City Harvest and The Bowery Mission.
To buy: $20, ullajohnson.com
Tory Burch Face Mask with Pouch
Match your mask to your favorite Tory Burch pieces with this set of three face coverings made from two layers of moisture-wicking fabric sporting the designer’s seasonal prints. Ten dollars from the sale of each set of masks help support two organizations—the International Medical Corps and the Tory Burch Foundation that works to advance women’s empowerment.
To buy: $35, toryburch.com
Helmut Lang Logo Face Mask
Helmut Lang’s sleek black jersey logo mask is designed with elasticized edges that help eliminate side gaps. For every mask sold, the New York City-based company will donate another one to an organization in Queens, NY, that fights hunger, homelessness, and poverty.
To buy: $40, helmutlang.com
Batsheva Purple Leaf Face Mask
Designer Batsheva Hay has a penchant for bold floral prints. She uses some of her leftover fabric to create beautiful face masks such as this one sporting a purple leaf pattern. The mask is finished with ties for a custom fit. A quarter of the sales of the masks go to Black Lives Matter.
To buy: $35, batsheva.com
Polo Ralph Lauren Face Mask
This face mask has a four-layer construction that includes an inner lining of antimicrobial-treated cotton and a soft outer layer crafted from the brand’s iconic shirting print. An adjustable nose bridge and elastic ear loops will ensure a secure fit that contours your face. Ralph Lauren has committed to donating up to 40 percent of the proceeds to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, which works to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19 in countries around the world.
To buy: $20, ralphlauren.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
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
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