In order to protect ourselves and others, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending a number of measures, including social distancing, regularly cleansing/sanitizing our hands, and masks, which help protect others from us and us from others. Unless you’re handy with a sewing machine, you’ll need to load up on masks for your whole family! I was thrilled to find that many companies who sell masks are also donating to worthy causes.
My Favorite Face Masks
First, let’s start with the chain. We take masks off to eat and drink, so I wear mine with the Mini Mask Chain from Pretty Connected. It clips onto any mask and keeps it close and away from surface germs. Pretty Connected has donated to a number of charities, including No Kid Hungry and Feeding America. Their latest initiative is donating 15% of net proceeds to Black Girl Ventures, which creates access to capital for black and brown women founders. $30/$36.
BenchMade Modern, a maker of custom furniture, is now creating made-to-order face masks in your choice of fabric, color and size – even kids’ sizes! Masks ship within 3-5 business days and all profits from the mask sales go to Frontline Foods, which raises money to pay local restaurants to prepare meals for first responders. $10 each.
This patent-pending 2-in-1 mask/pocket square for men is from fashion brand, Tylmen. The founder designed this innovative mask for stylish men while he was an MBA student, and they are currently being sewn by local seamstresses in Chicago. For every product purchased, a tree is donated through One Tree Planted. $35.
If you prefer a disposable mask, Evolve Together Masks are 3-layer, medical-grade disposable face masks with a high filtration rate. Each pack comes with a free mask keeper to stow your masks when not in use. They have partnered with the ACLU and the Covenant House New York – through their Buy One, Donate One Program, they have donated 15,000 masks to the ACLU so far. $7.75 for 7, $29.85 for 30.
School uniform brand, French Toast, will be launching kids’ masks in mid-July. This summer, the brand will donate $1.8 million in free school uniforms and school clothes to families in need through Help U.S.A. and Delivering Good. They will also ship free masks for more than half a million students across the US, and they will send a mask with every purchase on their site from July 13-26.
Rafi Nova, maker of sustainably-made travel bags is making a variety of masks. When you purchase the 2-pack ($30) of their 100% cotton, 3-layer, washable “I Am Listening” masks, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Education Fund.
Fashion Designer, Dara Senders, is making neoprene masks that are antibacterial, breathable, and machine washable. For every mask purchased, one is donated to frontline healthcare workers, at hospitals including NYU Langone and New York Presbyterian. Buy 2, Give 2 for $45.
Giftgowns was born out of the founders’ experience as a patient. After a long hospitalization, the founder was determined to make practical and comfortable hospital gowns. Since the pandemic, she has been making masks and is currently donating the brand’s face masks to hospitals across the US and Canada. The masks are $15 each. Discounted bundles are available.
Face Mask Bundles
Fashion brand Onzie has a collab with EO Products; the Better Together Set, which is available on EOProducts.com for $16.99. All proceeds from Onzie’s multi-layer masks help support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and EO will likewise be donating a bottle of hand sanitizer – which smells wonderful! – to a front-line worker for each mask that is sold.
Another bundle that I like is the Warfighter Hemp Sanitizer Bundle, which includes a hemp face mask, a 4oz. CBD Hand Sanitizer Spray, and an 8oz. CBD Sanitizer Gel with CBD for $49.99. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the mask goes to nonprofits supporting veteran independence, and for every bundle sold, one will be donated to first responders.
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I’m trying to find the mask clips you wore while during your interview on GMA 3 today. Can you tell me how to find it.
Yes, of course! They are listed first in this blog post. The name is Mini Mask Chain from PrettyConnected.com.
Mary Case Friedner
I’ve gone nuts with masks and trying to find one I can breathe in, but I haven’t found one that’s tolerable. Have you discovered which is the most breathable? Thanks bunches!
I really like the Dara Senders mask for breathability. They are neoprene, where most fabric masks are cotton. The neoprene is also a bit more structured, so I even exercise in that one because it doesn’t suck into my mouth when I breathe.