We all will have to wear face masks for the next little while for work, shopping, running errands, visits to the museums, going for ice cream, and school. We’ve been mindful to not hoarding one-time use masks that should be saved for front-line workers but also know inevitably end up in wasteland. We’re also tired of seeing them toss aside on the streets. Who are these people who can’t even make it to the garbage can? Grrrrr. Reusable masks are not only a more affordable and practical option, in the long run, they will also be better for the environment.
As we’ve been learning, not one size fits all. There are companies creating masks for kids that are better fitting and more comfortable — which means they may just stay on longer. Check individual sites for measurements. Here are companies (from small biz to well-known brands) that our team of moms have come across who are making great quality masks for kids…
Crayola Face Masks For Kids: This clever five pack is perfect for every school day of the week. Each pack comes with five reusable and machine washable cloth face masks — with adjustable ear loops! The variety of bright colours so your child can have a fresh one each and every day. Each pack also comes with a mesh laundry bag and a calendar to keep track of mask use and washes. Also, let’s be honest, with five masks that means we don’t have to panic if forget to wash one on time. Just grab the next one and go!
EasyMondays: ( buy 3 get 1 free). The menswear clothing brand decided to pivot their business by offering comfortable and well-made masks not just for adults but also for kids. Kids masks have both options of full-face or pleated design with elastic ear loops. Made with fine Italian cotton cloths. On trend also with tie-dye print options this season. With each mask purchased, a non-medical grade mask is donated to an organization in need including the Yonge Street Mission.
PEACE COLLECTIVE: This popular Canadian urban design brand makes soft and comfortable face masks for the entire family. Masks are made with 100% cotton fabric. Multi-layers add additional protection in these non-medical grade coverings. Designed to fit comfortably over the nose and under the chin. Machine washable. Sold in packs of 2, 3, 6 or 12. Minimal design and comes in colours black and maroon. Also, for every mask sold, the company will donate one to a front line worker.
CANDY FACE DESIGNS: In the spirit of supporting women starting small businesses, Hamilton, Ontario based Candy Face Designs is doing great masks – from linens and lightweight cottons, multipacks, men’s, women’s and kids masks with optional nose wires and polypropylene filters and my soft linen mask from this shop are among our very favourites. Her shop is on Etsy Canada.
ART & SOUL DESIGNS: is a local small business making masks with tons of fabrics to choose from and the cutest mask lanyards we have seen. You can pick them up from their Vaughan studio or have them pop your order in the mail for a few extra bucks. You can also add optional nose wires, adjustable ear loops and a non-removable filter and even get a reversible mask. Find her shop on Facebook. She is very quick to respond and helpful.
SEW COZY: We also found this awesome little shop out of Sterling, Ontario. Sew Cozy is making adorable cloth masks with TONS of fun fabrics from pirates to flamingos. If you fancy anything from Dr. Seuss to Disney to holiday editions Christmas themed masks, you can find it at Suzanne’s online shop on Facebook
Also, if you’re thinking about how to label your kid’s masks, we wrote about StickerYou and their design your own iron on transfers! Because you know the face mask will be the new lost mitt. Link to their site directly here.