COVID-19’s increased pressure on our country’s medical workers has shown the cracks in our ability to protect them. As our medical workers work the front line, we need to reserve the medically graded masks for their protection.
Through collaboration with L.A. Protects
and Kaiser Permanente, we are organizing orders for non-medical masks and distributing the work weekly to local independently owned small factories. These masks are available for essential businesses that are still operating and need to protect their workers as well as for the general public.
NANA MASK PROGRAM:
As we commit to our duties to physically distance during these unprecedented times, we also face a challenging dilemma within our local community. The ecosystem of manufacturing exists as a fragile, linear system: as orders are halting for these businesses, they increasingly lose their ability to pay their workers. Small factories and manufacturing businesses, the unseen skeleton and backbone of downtown Los Angeles’ economic structure, are struggling to sustain livelihoods for their vulnerable workers that depend on the work. Our program aims to not only provide essential workers their much-needed protection, but also to help provide work for those that need it.
We are using the approved specs provided by Kaiser Permanente found here
. The masks are made from premium grade fabrics of our organic cottons and cotton blends up-cycled that have shifted use from our contemporary higher priced points in-house fashion brands; we have already cut a round of nearly 100,000 masks - ready to be distributed. The pattern allows for very minimal to virtually no waste especially as we are using even the selvedge and mixing straps together.
To ensure the safety of the workers and recipients, safety guidelines for physical distancing and sanitation will be included in every assortment sent to partnered manufacturers that must be followed and implemented within their team.
Please note that these masks will not provide an absolute protection against the virus. However, the Mayor of L.A. is now requiring, by law, every citizen to wear masks or face covering in public in accordance of CDC guidelines to reduce the rapid spread of the virus. Let us help to protect your team while supporting local small manufacturers.
LARGE VOLUME:Please inquire for larger volume and tier price discounts for 250 - 10,000 unit purchases. Shipping or pick-up from our factory is available.