13 Eco-Friendly Masks That Are Kinder On Faces & The Planet
Although wearing a face mask in public is the responsible decision during a global pandemic, let's not allow the need for such a precaution to overshadow our eco-conscious judgments when deciding what type of non-medical covering to buy. As discarded single-use face masks pile up on beaches and nature trails, the environmental threat posed by these COVID-19 essentials is a fast-growing concern. Luckily, there are sustainable-style alternatives to help curb the impact of this issue — and if your current face covering (fashion-forward or otherwise) is washable and reusable, then you're already on the right track.
Things like breathability and personal expression matter when picking out a mask that's best suited to our particular lifestyles (and faces) — but it's also important to consider how a mask is made, what materials it's crafted from, and, ultimately, what impact that has on the environment. By paying attention to the fabrics and production methods used to create these masks, we can make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to protecting ourselves, others, and the planet. A handful of top sustainable-retailer favorites (like Nisolo and Collina Strada) are already a step ahead of us; offering durable options made from up-cycled materials, deadstock fabrics, and/or natural fibers that are designed to last longer. Even a quick Etsy search will direct you towards an impressive selection of handmade face masks from smaller vendors — which translates to less energy and resources wasted.
We've rounded up 11 such sustainable styles ahead that are ready to get the germ-shielding job done — without harming the planet in the process.
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If you're going out of your house right now, you should be wearing a mask. If there are people in your life who are a bit more reluctant about wearing a mask, or if you just feel like getting creative, VistaPrint is letting you create a mask with your own design . It's really easy to design your own mask on the site, and then you can order as few as one or as many as 999. Plus, they come in different sizes, so you can make sure they'll fit properly. Now, all we have to do is pick a design! Whether you want to show off pride for your favorite sports team, hometown, or even your pet, you can put it all on your mask. If you're as plagued by decision fatigue as we are, VistaPrint also makes pre-designed masks you can purchase. Basically, the world's your oyster, so get shopping! Related: 22 Face Masks That'll Go With Everything You Own
Back in March, it was tough to anticipate what life would be like sequestered in our homes under shelter-in-place restrictions. Now, fast forward to the five-month mark of quarantine where everything from our Zoom-relegated social interactions to our WFH-office setups feels routine. And while there’s still much uncertainty in our midst, we do know a lot more about concepts that once felt entirely foreign to us — like, for starters, non-medical face masks. After the CDC released a statement in April recommending that all Americans wear face masks in public, we grew savvier about shopping for the protective layers that once drummed up so much confusion. We not only consider masks as everyday essentials now, but we've also developed preferences for the options (from neck-tying to sweat-wicking and fashion-forward) that best suit our face shapes and lifestyles. But even the most informed mask shoppers can still feel overwhelmed by the dizzying selection of coverings from brands and designers that have suddenly started offering them. So, we did what we do when attempting to suss out the good from the bad: we read the reviews. Ahead, find the fruits of our painstaking internet sleuthing that details which mask styles landed most frequently in customer’s carts with positive praise. Whether you’re in the market for a pillowy soft iteration made from OEKO-TEX certified cotton, a light-catching and mood-lifting metallic model, or the mask that a pregnant woman found SO comfortable that she wore it while giving birth, there’s a top-rated option for you on this list. COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Go to the CDC website for the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks OnlineThe Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face Masks
During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Deborah Birx added a new layer of guidance for mask wearing, suggesting those who live in COVID-19 hotspots — or with high-risk individuals — should think about wearing masks in their living space.
Kate Middleton is forever influencing us with her fashion choices, and now, that influence includes face masks, too. On Tuesday, Kate was seen wearing a face mask in public for the first time during her visit to Baby Basics UK in Sheffield, England. For the occasion, she chose to wear a mask from childrenswear designer Amaia, which was made from Liberty London's floral "Pepper Tana Lawn" pattern. The London-based brand is clearly a favorite of the Cambridges', as Charlotte has worn the designer's clothes for various family occasions. The masks - which are designed in London and made in Spain - are made from double-layer 100-percent cotton, feature a filter pocket, and include five filter refills (you can also purchase of pack of 50 filters from the site). Not only that, but 30 percent of the proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together. As for the rest of her outfit, Kate let the mask stand out by pairing it with her white button-down dress from Suzannah - a piece she previously wore to Wimbledon last July - accessorizing with a sweet necklace featuring George, Charlotte, and Louis's initials. There has been recent speculation on whether the royal family will begin wearing face coverings during their upcoming public engagements as mandated mask wearing in some indoors places came into effect in England last month. Judging by Kate's stylish choice, we predict there will be many more mask moments to come from the duchess. Unsurprisingly, the mask Kate chose is already sold out, proving that her mask-fluence is in full effect. However, there are plenty of other adult and children's masks available in various prints. Or, if you fancy trying your hand at making your own face mask, you can also buy Liberty's "Pepper Tana Lawn" pattern. Read on to see all angles of Kate's pretty mask, and then shop Amaia's other face mask designs.
I'm still adjusting to the new normal that is wearing a face mask every time I leave the house, even though I've been doing it since March. What bothers me most about the whole thing isn't remembering to wear one or even having it on for an extended period of time - it's how it interferes with my makeup. As we head into month six of the pandemic, I've started wearing more makeup again like I did pre COVID-19 because it makes me feel good. But there's nothing more annoying than pulling off your mask to discover everything from the entire lower half of your face has transferred onto the inside of it. Sure, I could just not wear makeup on that half and focus the attention on my eyes with fun liner, but with maskne being a thing, I've found myself wanting more coverage than ever when it comes to my foundation and concealer. The remedy for this mask-makeup fiasco: the best smudge-proof, transfer-proof makeup products I can find in my collection of beauty things - which I put to the ultimate test ahead.
On Tuesday, during a visit to Baby Basics, an organization that provides clothing, food, and other necessities to children in need, Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a white silk shirtdress courtesy of Suzannah, Tabitha Simmons Dela heels, and a face mask. But in true Kate Middleton fashion, she didn’t wear just any mask. No, she wore one that was sure to send the internet searching. According to Lyst, a fashion search engine, after Middleton was photographed in her mask, searches in the U.K. for “floral face mask” surged 185% in less than 24 hours.For the occasion, Middleton chose the “Liberty Pepper,” a micro-floral print, mask designed by London childrenswear brand Amaia. The mask is made from cotton and features an extra layer of a 50gr TNT filter for safety measure. The stylish and ultra-feminine pattern was the perfect complement for her simple and elegant daytime ensemble. By now, we know all too well about the Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle effect, with every item they sport selling out soon after. In addition to “floral,” some of the other used search terms were “liberty print” and “ditsy print,” Lyst reported. In other words, come three-to-five business days, everyone in the U.K. (and beyond) is going to be sporting flower-printed face coverings. Pre-order Middleton’s exact Amaia face mask — which is priced under-$20 — on amaiakids.co.uk before they’re gone, and in doing so, help the brand raise money for NHS Charities Together. And since one mask is never enough, we also rounded up a few other floral mask options for you to buy next. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Kate Middleton's Love Of Zara MattersMisha Nonoo Reimagined Its Beloved ShirtMeghan Markle's Linen Dress Is Still Available
For a little bit of added protection against COVID-19, many people have begun adding filters to fabric face masks. In fact, many of the cloth masks available from small businesses and major retailers now include a filter pocket specifically for that purpose.
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has advised Americans to wear cloth face masks while out in public to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These precautions were put in place to prevent the spread of the virus by those who are infected with it and are asymptomatic. The CDC advised wearing a cloth face covering when you're out in public places, like grocery stores and pharmacies, where the social-distancing guidelines are harder to follow. For many before the pandemic, face masks were not a part of their at-home collection. Luckily, a selection of retailers have now made protective face coverings available for purchase. For those who do not have masks already or prefer not to make a DIY face mask, buying one is an easy alternative. In order to properly wear a face mask, it must fit closely against the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include more than one layer of fabric, allow for breathing, and be able to be washed without getting damaged. It's worth noting that while these cloth face coverings are not medical-grade masks like the N95 respirators and surgical masks, which are being reserved for healthcare workers, they are still useful to put on when out in public. Wearing a cloth mask will not ensure protection against ingesting droplets, but it's a precautionary safety measure worth taking. Ahead is a curated list of face masks that are available to buy online, including companies and brands that are doing their part by donating proceeds and masks to charities and hospitals to help those working against the virus. If you don't already have a mask or need another one for yourself or a loved one, shop these picks now and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Looking for even more options? Check out masks for kids, masks for working out, comfortable masks, masks under $10, masks with ties, masks with filter pockets, and tie-dye masks. Related: 22 Face Masks That'll Go With Everything You Own
Despite the fact that we’re traveling much less this summer, it's still managed to feel like we’re walking more than ever. And, all of this bipedalism means that we are in dire need of some serious workhorse sandals to follow suit. No more strapping on those questionably supportive gladiators or flimsy flip-flops and Ubering our ways around town. Now that we're using our own two feet to hoof it to a host of local destinations, our footwear will need to support us (literally) every step of the way. We learned long ago that just because a shoe falls under the umbrella of “comfort” doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable, too. With utility and style overlapping now more than ever, there are a plethora of choices this season that will enhance your walkabout without subtracting a single style point. Whether it's an unexpectedly cool cork slide, a recycled-rubber sandal adorned with dancing bears, or a leopard-print clog cousin, we’ve got you covered with summer-ready sandals that are both chic and sublimely comfy ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Comfort Footwear Shoes That Are Actually CuteAll The Sales On Summer Sandals Happening NowBye Birkenstocks: Meet The New "Ugly" Sandal
Just a few short weeks after Demi Lovato announced her engagement to Max Ehrich, the star has more big news: She’s about to drop new music. According to Lovato’s most recent Instagram Story, the “Anyone” singer is working on a brand-new song — the title of which she announced via manicure, showing off a squared deep French shape studded with multi-colored butterfly nail art.“Guys, I’m writing a new song called butterfly rn,” Lovato captioned a closeup shot of her butterfly nail art shared to her Instagram Story. Following the low-key announcement, fans were quick to track down more details, only to discover that this isn’t the first time Lovato has used the winged insects to inspire song lyrics.“The first song @ddlovato wrote as a child was about butterflies,” one fan account posted. Lovato herself cosigned the report, reposting the fan account and adding, “And today I’m writing a new one about just one.” If you can’t recall a past Demi Lovato single about butterflies, that’s because it was written when the singer was just seven years old, and was never actually produced. In a 2013 TV interview on Katie Couric, Lovato revealed that the first song she ever wrote as a child was about a crush and that quintessential butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling — she even sang a few cords for the audience.As of now, all we know about the new track is that its subject is a single butterfly — and that Lovato is wearing symbolic nail art to match. We’re keeping a lookout for more breadcrumb clues ahead of the release. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Mismatched Manicure Trend Just Got An UpgradeMeghan Markle's Bridal Mani-Pedi Broke TraditionCharli & Dixie D'Amelio Launch Nail Polish Collab
Vanessa Guillén, a Fort Hood soldier who originally went missing in April and whose body was finally found in July, still hasn’t gotten justice. Despite detailed reports, including a confession from her alleged killer, Spc. Aaron Robinson, Guillén’s family has lost faith in the system that was supposed to protest their daughter. “From the start, we lost trust with them (the Army) from the very beginning,” said Mayra Guillén, Vanessa’s mother. “The story they gave us is completely… I don’t even know what the right word for it is, but no one believes that story.” But as it turns out, Vanessa Guillén was only the latest fatality to come out of Fort Hood. Fort Hood has one of the highest rates of murder, sexual assault and harassment in the Army, according to Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who visited the base this week and said that the army base is known for having a violent past. United States Army post in Killeen, Texas has a troubling history of shooting rampages between 2009-2014. But as early as this past year, violence has continued across the base, with at least 7 soldiers who were stationed at Fort Hood having been found dead since March of 2020 alone. This includes Robinson, who took his own life after confessing to killing Guillén. Even in this past week, Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, a 24-year-old soldier based at Fort Hood, was found after drowning near the Texas base. An investigation is still being conducted.In March, 20-year-old Shelby Tyler Jones’ died after suffering a gunshot wound in south Killeen near Fort Hood. Brandon Scott Rosecrans, a 27-year-old who joined the Army in 2018, was also found with a gunshot wound near Fort Hood in May, his car found burned nearby. Then, in June, another soldier, Gregory Scott Morales, was found dead in a field in Killeen, Texas, nearly 10 months after vanishing. Fort Hood released a statement that foul play is suspected. Morales was only 24 years old. Of the eight deaths this year, five so far have been publicly linked to foul play, according to the Army Times. When McCarthy visited this week, he said it’s clear that the Army should be taking better care of its soldiers. “We are getting an outside look to help us to get to those root causes and understand them so we can make those changes. We are going to put every resource and all of the energy we can in this entire institution behind fixing these problems,” McCarthy stated during a press conference. McCarthy also referenced Guillén’s death as a catalyst for the Army to focus on sexual harassment and assault in the military. Prior to her death, a survey given to 225 Fort Hood soldiers in June found that one-third of the women who responded had been sexually harassed. According to Guillén’s family, she had also shared allegations of sexual harassment with them prior to being murdered, but never reported out of fear. Fort Hood is now under a review, according to McCarthy, where officials will examine historical data of discrimination, harassment, and assault, and investigate the climate and culture that’s allowed for violence to take place. McCarthy himself has also already had conversations with soldiers based in Fort Hood to understand their experiences and the culture of the post, and conducted listening sessions to determine what the Army needs to change. With this kind of history, it’s unclear why this is just coming out now, and why serious action wasn’t taken as a preventable measure. Many cases of missing and killed soldiers had begun popping up long before Guillén, but they weren’t publicized or investigated in quite the same way. Still, McCarthy is determined to correct these injustices, despite a lack of faith in the current system — specifically the system governing Fort Hood.“Ultimately the results, findings, recommendations will fuel an implementation team chaired by the Undersecretary of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff for the Army,” McCarthy said. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?150 FBI Agents To Investigate Crystal Rogers CasePolice Continue To Be Accused Of Sexual ViolenceAaron Glee Confesses To Killing Toyin Salau
While many of 2020’s most-popular fashion trends don't feel quite right for a life of time spent at home and social distancing (I definitely won't be wearing a tailored vest anytime soon...), there is one in particular that I'm currently very grateful for: the matching sweatsuit. As a freelance fashion writer, I’m already a big fan of sporting my pajamas while conducting phone interviews and writing stories from the comfort of my own abode. And, now that all my previously in-person meetings to events and coffee dates have been replaced by virtual Zoom calls, I’ve found myself reconsidering this sleepwear-only WFH wardrobe entirely. Luckily, the sweatsuit happens to be a comfy PJ-adjacent look that's appropriately conducive for wearing during a day full of important Zoom meetings — aka it's still just as comfy but more elevated than the aforementioned "I literally just rolled out of bed" attire. Ahead, find 19 stylish sweatsuit sets that are so comfy you won’t want to (or really need to) take them off. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?There's No Such Thing As Work-From-Home StyleShop Every Piece From R29's New Loungewear LineAmp Up The Joy Of Loungewear With Tie Dye Print