Mask game strong — three sustainable options

A woman wearing the PrAna SILVERbac Antimicrobial mask.
Credit: prAna

Recently, I reviewed three power-ups for your facemasks. These are products that you insert into your facemask to give you an extra layer of protection. After reviewing the power-ups, I decided to examine the masks themselves.  While there is a wide range of face masks available, I wanted to focus on those that advertised unique features. Here’s what I found:

Martex triple-layer face masks ($20 for 3)

Westpoint Home offers a variety of face masks, but the ones I most liked were this triple-layer trio. The masks are made with triple-layer construction and utilize silver particles that are permanently infused with the polyester molecules to create the SILVERbac Antimicrobial fiber blended with cotton to create the yarn for weaving. I find it fascinating that the negatively charged bacteria are attracted to the silver’s positive charge (the silver is woven into the cotton). The silver ions break down the cell walls and destroy odor-causing bacteria as soon as they come in contact, helping the masks stay fresher longer. The silver in the fibers will not wash out or wear out, which is helpful considering how long we may all need to wear our masks in public. They are also washable and reusable!

prAna ($20 for 3)

The new limited run of eco-friendly, reversible, and adjustable face masks uses deadstock fabric made of 100% Earth-friendly ingredients like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL Lyocel. I felt good getting masks from prAna, knowing their core value commitment to sustainability, community, and doing right. These non-medical, cloth masks were created in response to CDC recommendations and are made by prAna’s Fair Trade Certified Factory partners (see www.fairtradecertified.org for more info). I also liked that these masks are washable and reusable. Without changing the wear or use, I can even add a “power-up” to this mask for extra precaution if I’d like.

UnderArmor Sportsmask ($30)

Admittedly, the UA Sportsmask is the most expensive; however, I searched for a great mask that would allow me to wear my glasses without fogging. This face mask has a secure but not night fit that includes a soft, adjustable nose bridge as well as a strip of fabric that serves as a base layer under your glasses. Since it is structured, it sits up off the faceb and lips, which adds comfort and breathability. I also like the anti-microbial treatment on the inside layer that helps keep the mask fresh, a chill fabric on the interior lining and earloops that keeps the mask cool to the touch, and has built-in UPF 50+ sun protection. Finally, it is fully washable, making it another great sustainable choice.

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