Why do I need a cloth face mask?
Nothing beats having an N95, but those should be saved for people in the medical field right now. Supplies are extremely low, so we should leave the heavy duty stuff to those at the front lines of COVID-19.
As far as the average civilian, a reusable cloth mask will do. You can wash it and reuse it, which definitely makes it better for the environment than the disposable options.
When I go out for a walk, which I do a lot of nowadays, I always end up seeing at least one mask and/or glove discarded on the floor.
Is this what we want wildlife touching? What if it ends up getting into our waterways? What kills me most is I can’t even pick it up and dispose of it properly without risking contamination!
Point is, we need to do better. That starts with buying reusable cloth masks.
Do reusable cloth masks actually work?
Cloth masks should be viewed as an “additive piece” on top of social distancing and proper hygiene measures (aka washing your hands).
While a cloth mask alone will not prevent you from getting the coronavirus, it’s an added layer of protection.
Honestly, the mask you wear will protect someone else from you – if you have the virus without knowing. This is why it’s so important for everyone to wear a mask – to protect each other.
We now know you’re contagious with coronavirus before symptoms appear, or when you’re pre-symptomatic. You can also be asymptomatic and never show symptoms, but still unwillingly give the virus to those around you.
When you’re standing near someone and coughing, sneezing, or even just talking, you’re unwittingly spreading respiratory droplets. If you’re infected, this can pose a risk to those around you. This is most commonly how the virus gets spread.
For this reason, wearing a cloth mask helps protect others from you. It catches the respiratory droplets so they don’t land on other people.
That’s why it’s so important for everyone to wear one – that way we’ll all be protected from each other.
Where do I get reusable cloth masks?
A zero waste shop that takes fabric scraps and gives them a second life. Taylor, the owner, was kind enough to give my followers 10% off – Just enter GREENIFYME10 at checkout.
I got my mask from Totally Taylored and couldn’t be happier! She has so many cute designs, but I’m in love with florals, so this is fitting for me.
I also bought my dad an ACDC face mask. He was saying how much he wanted a cool looking face mask to make all of this more bearable, and he got really excited when I offered to get him an ACDC one. The colors are red and black so they’re definitely masculine and something he won’t feel weird wearing in public.
My mom also bought herself two of these masks – they have Bugs Bunny on it so how could she resist? So our whole family approves of Totally Taylored masks.
Make sure to use code GREENIFYME10 at checkout so you get 10% off your entire order!
I think the 5 pack is a great option if you have a family and want to buy a large amount at once.
These masks are non-medical, reusable masks with ties, so be mindful of that.
Prints and colors will vary and you may get a variety of prints and colors, or ones that are all the same. They’re manufactured with fabric on hand, so they’re not able to customize anything.
The fabrics of the masks will vary, but they’re made out of tencel, viscose and cotton blends with polyester thread.
I really love the fact they offer the option to donate a pack of masks too. You’d be donating them to communities in need, including essential health care workers.
Make sure to check out Reformation’s face masks (and their clothes, because they are so beautiful).
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An eco-friendly mattress company that is pumping out organic cotton face masks with no plastic what so ever. You can choose between a 4 pack for adults or a 4 pack for children here.
I love the fact there’s no plastic in this mask what so ever. This means you can just cut the mask up and compost it at the end of its life.
There’s so much plastic being used and wasted – even more so nowadays. So I think it’s really important we limit our plastic consumption wherever we can. These masks sure help with that!
These masks have ties, so they’re a little different than what you might be used to. They also have incorporated an internal pocket neatly sewn at the bottom of the mask, should you choose to insert a filter (not included), such as a coffee filter. That’s completely optional.
Make sure to grab one of these plastic-free face masks from Avocado Mattress – they’re the only compostable masks on the list!
A shop that sells eco-friendly goods made from mostly recycled materials that is also creating reusable cloth masks. They design only one style – subtle pinstripes – which works for both men and women.
The masks are made from cotton, and they have spandex mask bands. This mask is designed to tie in the back of your head.
I love the fact they partnered with blacksmith USA, a local cut and sewing factory in Utah, to make masks from upcycled Coalatree materials. The masks are made in Salt Lake City and are supporting jobs in their hometown.
Even better, when you buy a mask from them, you give a mask. For every mask purchased, they will donate a mask to community members in need of masks. How cool is that?
Make sure to grab an upcycled mask from Coalatree – you’ll help gift a mask to someone in need!
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These are my favorite places selling masks right now. I trust these stores and truly admire what it is they’re doing.
However, for those who are good at sewing, be sure to check out this DIY tutorial on my blog.
Personally, I’m such a noob when it comes to sewing. I wish I was better. It’s definitely a skill with room for improvement.
I also don’t possess a sewing machine, which would make this DIY mask tutorial a heck ton easier.
Which do you guys prefer? DIY cloth masks or pre-made masks?
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How do I wear and care for the reusable cloth masks?
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask and after removing it.
- Your mask should fit snuggly, but comfortably against your face.
- Make sure your ear loops are secure, or that your ties are adjusted properly.
- Your mask should allow for breathing without restriction.
- If worn for long periods of time, replace and/or wash your mask every 2 hours.
- It’s still best practice to not touch your face when wearing masks, so try not to mess with it once it’s on.
- Wash after each use.
- Machine wash hot, dry on high heat.
- If you are only able to wash by hand, do so with hot water and lather with soap for 20 seconds.
- Make sure your mask is fully dry before wearing it again.
In other words, please make sure you wash (and thoroughly dry) your masks after each use to keep them sanitary! Might be best to buy two masks for yourself so you always have one handy while the other is drying.
Pro tip: You can hang dry your masks by using hangers that have clips. That’s what I do! So simple and it uses less electricity. Even better if you can find a spot to hang them that gets sun.
Would you purchase reusable cloth masks from one of these sustainable shops?
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