20 Good-Looking Face Masks for 20 Very Good Causes
Seriously, cover your face
Regardless of whether your state has or has not put in place a requirement to wear a face covering while out in public, the CDC recommends the general public wear cloth masks (or something of the like) to help curb the spread of the virus. There’s no excuse for you not to be wearing one, whether you’re running to the grocery or taking a solitary stroll around the neighborhood, especially considering the number of designers and brands crafting their own non-medical-grade masks for purchase. Remember: medical grade masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for health workers, since they’re in short supply and high demand. A cloth mask will serve your purpose just fine.
Sure, you’ll feel a little ridiculous at first, but wouldn’t rather feel and look like an idiot than actually be one? In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small sacrifice, a minor inconvenience. You’ll get over it.
And no, shopping for a face mask will not be the most fulfilling retail experience you’ll ever have, but they do range in style and fabric, so you can probably find one well-suited to your sartorial preferences.
Below you’ll find 21 face masks, all with some charitable aspect to them, whether it be donating a mask to a health care worker on the frontlines for every one sold, or donating proceeds to organizations in need.
Buck Mason Anti-Microbial Prevention Face Mask 5-Pack
Buck Mason’s Anti-Microbial Prevention masks are reusable and treated with an anti-microbial coating on the inner layer which will last up to 30 washes. For every mask sold the company will in turn donate one, and already have more than 400,000 masks set to donate.
Caraa Mask Pack Purchase
Many companies making face masks have been crafting them out of repurposed material, accessory brand Caraa included. You’ll get five of these colorful masks made from materials found on their production line and your purchase will be matched with a donation to New York’s relief efforts.
St. John Grenadine Pique Milano Knit Care Mask
If you want something that feels a little more substantial than a cloth mask, this one from St. John (made from their surplus knit pique fabric) is like a sweater for your face. For each mask sold, three non-surgical anti-microbial masks will be donated to those in need.
Nili Lotan Face Mask
In addition to 100% of proceeds going towards NYU Langone in New York, each purchase of a Nili Lotan face mask will help keep the brand’s employees, well, employed.
Vida Protective Mask
Each of Vida’s Protective Masks is outfitted with a PM2.5 Filter featuring 2 layers of Meltblown Filter and 1 layer of Carbon Activated Fabric, meaning it can filter out particles in the air that cause pollution. The filter should be replaced every seven days, but you can purchase more here. 10% off proceeds from the masks will go to local COVID efforts.
KES Sustainable Washable Face Mask
Re/Done Upcycled Bandana Mask
Retire that bandana you’ve been tying around your face in favor of Re/Done’s Upcycled Bandana Mask, which has the same effect, just more practical. The brand will donate five masks to health care workers on the frontlines for every one purchased.
Sanctuary 5 Pack Fashion PPE Masks
Maybe you’re looking to make the best of the situation and you’re looking for a little variety when it comes to your face masks, switching it up depending on your mood. Sanctuary is offering packs of five masks of varying patterns, and with each purchase of a mask, masks will be donated to organizations in need.
Parachute Face Masks
If you’re a fan of Parachute’s sheets, you might as well get their face mask made from the same 100% cotton. Available for pre-order, the masks will come in varying colors and patterns (so you won’t know what you’re getting until you get it) and for every set sold a set will be donated to those in need.
CAMP Collection Camp Mask 6 Pack – Rainbow
CAMP Collection’s rainbow-hued masks feature a pouch for inserting microfiber cloth or other material to aid in infiltration, and their cotton material makes them ideal for rewashing and rewearing. Your purchase of the masks will result in one being donated to an essential worker.
BAGGU Fabric Mask Set
Leave it to BAGGU to make some of the most aesthetically pleasing masks we have yet to see. Their mask packs (each comes with a set of three) are offered in the colorways Meadow, Brown and Forest, and features three different masks in each pack. The masks are made from 100% Kona’s Quilter Cotton, a thicker material that features a tighter weave so as to block respiratory droplets, while still remaining breathable. For every pack sold, a pack will be donated to healthcare workers.
Everlane The 100% Human Face Mask Three-Pack
It was only a matter of time before Everlane began making their own face masks and their three-pack 100% Human Face Masks have finally hit the market. The masks are made from double-layer cotton and feature cotton-Lycra ear loops so they’re easily adjustable. Ten percent of all sales from the masks will be donated to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
Araks Protective Face Mask
While the lady in your life might be more familiar with swimwear/sleepwear/lingerie brand Araks, their face masks will look good (and more importantly work) on anyone. Twenty percent of proceeds from each mask will be donated to the non-profit grassroots coalition GetUsPPE, which works to address the shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment).
Paige The Mask 4 Pack
Although currently sold out, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the next time clothing brand Paige’s pack of 4 masks are re-stocked. For every pack sold, a pack will be donated to those working on the frontlines of the pandemic. The brand has already been able to donate 5,000 masks (and counting).
Uncommon Goods Rainbow Face Coverings – Set of 2
It’s hard to take joy in having to wear a mask, we challenge you not to feel joyful (and hopeful) at the sight of these rainbow-adorned face masks from Uncommon Goods. What’s even cuter is that the rainbows were drawn by twelve kids and each mask comes with a label that includes uplifting reminders such as ‘keep smiling’ (cue the awws). All proceeds from the masks will go to NYC Health + Hospitals.
Lisa Says Gah Knit Mask
Yes, Lisa Says Gah is a women’s boutique, but at the end of the day, a face mask is a face mask, regardless of where you happen to get it from. Plus, when you buy one of these masks, $1 will be donated to the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank, where $1 provides 2 meals to those most in need.
OV Face Mask, 5-Pack
For their face masks, Outdoor Voices chose to craft them out of their ever-popular Textured Compression fabric, the same kind used for their Sunday Shorts and Sunday Sweatpants. So, suffice to say, it’s a pretty comfortable face mask made even better by the fact that 100% of proceeds will go to Direct Relief.
Rag & Bone Stealth Mask
This black-and-white gingham mask from Rag & Bone (made from upcycled ready-to-wear fabrics) will result in the donation of a mask to those most affected by COVID-19. In addition, each individual purpose allows the brand to donate $5 to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps to deliver meals to those most in need.
Collina Strada x Lipoelastic Face Mask
Each of these Collina Strada masks, made in collaboration with Lipoelastic, are hand-dyed, meaning no two masks will be alike. A portion of the proceeds from each mask will be donated to the Northeast Nurses Association. You can also reach out to the brand directly if you or someone close to you is sick, but the mask is out of your price range.
Rowing Blazers Face Mask
Rowing Blazers arguably makes the most enviable face masks, seeing as they’re crafted from leftover scraps of fabric used for the brand’s blazers, suiting and shirting. In addition to being handsome, the masks go towards a good cause — for every one sold, a mask will be donated to the NYC Food Bank, and the brand is continuing to donate 10% of all sales sitewide to Direct Relief until June 1st. Unsurprisingly, these masks go fast, so pick one up before they’re gone.
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