Dear USA Love List Readers, wherever you are, I hope you are safe and you are well. If you have been looking for Made in USA face masks, then you may be having a hard time. Part of the critical shortage comes from the fact that much of the manufacturing of these essential supplies is now overseas. However, I believe I have found some fantastic made in America options which will work for my family. I'm sharing them here in case you are interested too.
UPDATE: The first mask on the list below is the one I ordered for each member of my family, but I am searching each day and finding more made in USA options (even as, alas, others fall out of stock). Whatever style you are looking for, we'll do our best to collect all of the best American made options here. We update this list all the time. Since first writing this list, I have ordered several more and we all use different masks for different activities. I hope my notes below are helpful as you choose the perfect face covers for yourself and your family.
This is me, wearing the first mask I bought from this list (paired with West Main Pearls, naturally). I have since ordered an entire wardrobe of “face fashion”. I'll be wearing masks from here on out to stay healthy, stop the spread of illness, and support the American apparel industry.
An important note about wearing masks, face covers, and neck gaiters… we are not doctors. We are not giving out any kind of medical advice. I am just a mom who saw a product, bought it and now I'm sharing it with you too. I have spent a lot of time in Japan where it is simply polite to wear a mask when feeling under the weather and entirely common during allergy season and in public places. I have always thought it was a sensible practice and I have been waiting for that fashion to trend in the United States.
I'm also glad to wear a mask in stores if it makes the workers feel safer. It is my way of saying thank you for their service during trying times.
Regrettably, I think the mask-wearing trend is upon us and I think it will be with us for a while. I don't mind searching for and spending some money for an American made version in the style I like. Trends aside, it is hard to know which type is best. At this point, it seems that we are simply going with the standard of “Something is Better Than Nothing.” I read this study which said that fabric does not block all viral particles but it does block some. Also, covering my own face in public reminds me not to touch my face. It's a habit I need to break!
Unfortunately, there is currently a shortage of medical face masks so everyone who has access to these supplies is sending them to their local hospitals if they are needed there. However, I stumbled upon a couple of gaiter-style Made in USA face masks which I ordered immediately. My family uses these kinds of gaiters or “neckies” regularly for sun protection anyhow. I think I will be more likely to wear something like this around my neck and pull it up if I got into an uncomfortable situation.
As manufacturers have time to catch up, a variety of styles of fitted masks are starting to be available as well. It is nice to have choices! Many people are choosing to wear these any time they are out in public. In some places, wearing them in public places is required. I'd also start wearing one of these at all times at home if I suddenly started not feeling well, as part of my attempt to isolate myself from other members of my family.
By now, plenty of imported masks have flooded the market. But in the early days of the pandemic, home-made masks and masks made in American factories were our only options. Let's remember who was there for us when we needed them.
As always, we'll update the list below as we find other options. These are only our top picks for Made in USA masks available on Amazon. You can find even more choices on our ultimate source lists for Made in USA masks for adults and Made in USA masks for kids. If you see something that should be on our list, feel free to add it in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Now it is more important than ever to buy from our USA-based businesses so we thank you for your support.
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