As cities around the world work to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that Americans wear face masks outside of their home in order to prevent infecting others. This is especially important if you’re going to be in a place where the six feet of social distancing will be hard to maintain—like the grocery store. But, you should save the surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers and first responders. Instead, look for a double-lined cotton mask that you can wash after every use.
Luckily, it’s not too hard to find places selling reusable face masks. Many businesses have shifted their focus to creating these coverings. Some utilize bright fabrics and sturdy denim, while others, particularly the brand GIR, have developed a silicone mask with space for a filter. And best of all, there’s often a charitable component to these shops. You can buy one for yourself and then pay to donate to an essential worker in need.
Scroll below for small businesses that are making reusable face masks. And for even more masks, check out our list of Etsy shops creating colorful cotton coverings that comply with the CDC guidelines. Prefer to try some DIY? Making a mask is easier than you think and we have three ways to do so.
Looking to buy reusable face masks? Here are 15 online stores creating face coverings that comply with CDC guidelines.
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