No matter how many days you've been quarantined at home, the time comes where you have to step out for an essential grocery run or to walk your dog. You're already employing social distancing, staying six feet away from others, but wearing a mask is another important way to keep safe and avoid accidentally infecting others. If you're not comfortable shopping IRL, or your local stores are sold out, you'll want to scout where to buy face masks online. Not only are a number of fashion brands shifting production to create masks for the general public, many of them are matching purchases with donations to essential personnel, making the buy worth it not just for yourself, but for others in need.
The latest CDC recommendations urge the use of cloth masks "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain" like grocery stores and pharmacies to slow the spread and stay safe. Leave surgical masks and N-95 respirators for frontline works and instead, turn to some of your favorite brands that are now offering masks for sale including Reformation, For Love & Lemons, and Good American.
These labels have redirected their factories, materials, and deign teams and are now producing cloth masks for sale, many with an additional donation component. For example, along with producing protective gear, Caraa is continuing to donate five percent of all sales to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Response Fund. Also, in addition to selling masks, Reformation has partnered with the City of LA to give masks to Los Angeles homeless shelters.
Below, shop for cloth masks that you can wear outside and while running essentials errands.
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Whimsy + Row
When you buy one of Whimsy & Row's 100 percent cotton machine-washable masks, you also donate one. The brand has donated masks to various LA locations in need and will continue to do so with every purchase.
Los Angeles Apparel
In addition to supplying masks and hospital gowns for donation, Los Angeles Apparel (the revival of nostalgic American Apparel) is providing personal masks made form stylish fabrics and prints from the brand which also feature adjustable straps for a comfortable fit.
Made of washable repurposed materials, the high-end bag and accessory brand will match each purchase of masks pack with a donation to New York's relief efforts.
The fine jewelry brand is selling pleated face masks made of buttery soft velvet to ideally suit sensitive skin.
Vera Bradley is known for its recognizable paisley prints and reliable accessory assortment, and now the brand is making affordable masks in their signature patterns.
For Love & Lemons
For each mask purchased, its proceeds go directly to the brands sewers and materials needed to make more. Plus, for every mask sold on the brands site, one mask will be donated to non-profit organizations across the country in need of non-medical masks.
Swimwear label PQ Swim created this tie-dye mask as a vibrant alternative for bold dressers.
The sustainably-focused brand is using recycled materials in assorted colors, offering packs of 3 or 5 masks including printed fabrics like edgy leopard patterns.
Fashion label Collina Strada is offering two free masks with any purchase from their website.
And if you'd prefer to spring for a safe option that you'll continue to use post-face mask era, a cotton bandana works as an alternative.