10 retailers selling face masks—and giving back to the community at the same time
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For many of us, masks are now part of our everyday lives. Because wearing one can help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people cover their faces in public, no matter if you are a healthcare worker in a hospital, a shopper in a grocery store, or a person in a park. Some states and cities have even required residents to wear masks whenever they are unable to social distance.
While many people have been making their own masks at home, retailers have been coming out with masks you can buy online. Because of the importance and need for these masks, some retailers are paying it forward and giving back to the community when purchases are made. If you’re looking to buy a mask that benefits those in need, we’ve rounded-up masks from brands that are giving back to the community. While some of them are more fashionable than functional, wearing something is always better than wearing nothing.
1. Disney: Donating one million cloth face masks
Disney is donating one million cloth face masks to children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the US that are distributed by MedShare. The masks feature some of Disney’s most popular movies like Frozen, Pixar, and Marvel. They're a great gift for the child-at-heart healthcare worker who needs a mask cover or for a child who refuses to wear any other mask. The masks come in 4-packs and three sizes: small, medium, and large.
2. Hedley and Bennett: Giving one mask to the frontlines for every mask purchase
The apron company, Hedley and Bennett, is donating one mask to the frontlines for every mask purchased. To date, they have donated 170,000 masks. We recommended the Wake Up and Fight mask as one of the nine masks worth buying if you’re looking for a quality mask. The mask has two layers, a pocket to add a filter, and fits snugly to your face. And if you don’t need a mask, they have a direct donation on their website for the World Kitchen Central and Restaurant Relief Fund.
3. Uncommon Goods: Donating 100% of profits to NYC Health+Hospitals
Uncommon Goods is donating 100% of profits from sales to NYC Health+Hospitals. The patterns on the masks are designed by team members’ children ranging in age from one and a half to ten years old. The masks have ties instead of ear loops, making them a great option for long-term wear if your ears get sore from loops. They come in a 2-pack with three pattern options, and adult or kids sizes.
- Get the Adult Rainbow Face Coverings, 2-pack at Uncommon Goods for $25
- Get the Child Rainbow Face Coverings, 2-pack at Uncommon Goods for $25
4. Paige: Sending masks to the frontlines and donating all profit to charity
The Los Angeles-based company, Paige, is sending a 4-pack of masks to the frontlines for every 4-pack purchased. They are not taking any profit from mask sales and all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, and several organizations through LA Protects. They are also supporting the local economy by making masks in their L.A. manufacturing facilities.
5. Rag and Bone: Giving $5 to City Harvest for every mask sold
For each mask purchased, Rag and Bone will give $5 to City Harvest which helps people in New York City (one of the hardest-hit areas with COVID-19) that struggle to put meals on their table. The popular contemporary brand is also supporting manufacturing in America by sewing these in Los Angeles and New York City. The single masks are on the pricier side (you’ll get a better deal if you order a 3-pack), but if you’re a fan of the brand, you’ll love the designs made from up-cycled Rag and Bone fabric.
6. Vistaprint: Donating 10% to small businesses impacted by Coronavirus
Vistaprint was founded to help small business owners by creating professional custom marketing. In the same spirit, they are donating 10% of each mask sale to small businesses in America impacted by Coronavirus. The mask has four layers, one outer layer, a replaceable filter, an electrostatic absorption cloth, and a cotton inner layer. They come in adult and children sizes with the option to buy replaceable filters.
7. Buck Mason: Sending one mask for each one sold to frontlines
The Los Angeles-based menswear brand, Buck Mason is donating one mask for each one sold, and so far they have donated over 500,000 masks to frontlines around the nation. The masks are made of a stretch cotton material, making them great for a healthcare worker that needs a cover for an N95 mask because they will be more comfortable. They come in 5-packs, and there is an option to buy them or donate them directly if you don’t need masks for yourself.
8. Old Navy: Donating 50,000 masks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America
While Old Navy does not have a buy-one-give-one program, the retailer states on their website they are donating 50,000 of their masks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The masks are made with three layers of cotton poplin, which means they are one of the higher quality masks in terms of fabric. They are available in a 5-pack and come in adult and kid sizes.
- Get the Adult Triple-Layer Cloth Face Mask, 5-pack at Old Navy for $12.50
- Get the Kids Triple-Layer Cloth Face Mask, 5-pack at Old Navy for $12.50
9. Tom Bihn: Donating one mask for every mask purchase to those in need
One of our Reviewed staff members, Sunil Doshi, who is also a fan of the Tom Bihn bags, says he reaches for his Tom Bihn mask over his other homemade ones. He likes that this mask fits well and has a bendable nose bridge which helps keep his glasses from fogging up. The company is donating one mask for every mask bought and they even provide transparency to places they have donated like essential workers, homeless shelters, and underserved communities.
10. Alice and Olivia: Donating a mask for each one sold to hospitals and communities in need
For every mask sold, Alice and Olivia donates one to hospitals and communities in need. The mask comes in their well-known “Staceface” print and is made of jersey, making it best for someone who has a harder time breathing in a thicker mask or for the fashionable healthcare worker in your life that needs extra protection for their N95 mask.
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