The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are widespread—not only in terms of our physical and mental health, but also the health of our environment. Of course, we can’t solve all things at once, but we can do our small part to reduce the waste that ends up in the landfill and the ocean by opting for reusable face masks instead of disposable ones. And once we’re doing that, they might as well look good, right?
While these masks are not medical-grade, they are great options for going out and about (such as to the grocery store or when you’re picking up your takeout—#supportlocal); just make sure to gently wash them between wearings.
Here are five of our favourite brands making mask magic.
The vibrant patterns and soft fabrics that Ulla Johnson is known for are channelled into the brand’s beautiful masks. Adding floral flair to any outfit, they’re chic, whimsical, and just the right amount of bold.
Citizens of Humanity
Citizens of Humanity was one of the earliest fashion brands to pivot to making masks, and now offers a selection of stylish options—all made in Los Angeles. From an army print to a cute cat’s mouth designed in collaboration with the Haas Brothers, these are made with care and made to last.
Buy Mate’s five-pack of organic cotton masks and ensure that you’ll never be without a clean one when you’re running out for errands. Breathable, soft, and made in Los Angeles, these are a great option for fans of neutral tones.
With $5 of each mask sale being donated to charities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Supercrush’s hometown), it’s hard to go wrong with these locally-made options. They have slits in the bottom to allow for an inserted filter, if that makes you more comfortable; go for something playful like the leopard or something softer like light purple.