(Last UPDATED 3/18/2022) Description of The Atrium and its online mask marketplace offering COVID-19 masks made in Sacramento.
What is the Atrium?
The Atrium is a nonprofit creative innovation center for sustainability, home to a collaborative community of creatives and entrepreneurs in Sacramento whose focus is doing business for good.
Atrium Mask Marketplace
Why should Sacramentans purchase masks made in Sacramento? Answer – to help support local creatives. The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted many segments of the Sacramento community. During these uncertain times, those of us who can need to do our part to support local businesses.
As an aside: Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic I ordered two masks on the Etsy marketplace. On Etsy I specified USA made products. A week and a half after ordering I sent the vendor an inquiry and received no reply. The third time I sent an inquiry I stated my intent to report the vendor to Etsy. It was only then that I received a reply requesting “patience”. I had just about given up when several weeks later the package arrived. Guess what? The masks were clearly marked as made in China and sent to me via a go-between in Texas! I was not happy.
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Creatives participating in the Atrium online mask marketplace have been making and donating masks for those on the front-lines and those in need. Buying masks made in Sacramento via the Atrium mask marketplace allows these participating local creatives to buy supplies to make additional masks for donation.
Types of Masks Available
When I checked out the types of masks available, various styles were showcased:
- 4th of July Masks
- Pride Masks
- 3-Layer Masks
- 2-Layer Masks
- Masks with Filter Pocket
I would describe the selection as “something for everyone”. The online marketplace also provides information about each of the participating creatives, so you know something about the person who made your mask.
Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
Why wear a mask? Because people who are infected but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic play an important part in community spread! It is also the considerate thing to do. Not to mention that face coverings are now required to be worn when outside the home, with limited exceptions. Check out the link to the latest guidance: CA Department of Public Health Guidance for Face Coverings.
We all need multiple masks – so why not buy locally? It is recommended that cloth masks be:
- Washed after each use, or at least daily
- Laundered with detergent and hot water
- Dried on a hot cycle
- Discarded if they: no longer cover the nose and mouth; have stretched out or damaged ties or straps; cannot stay on the face; have holes or tears in the fabric
I noticed on the Atrium mask marketplace that several of the local creatives specified that the material utilized had been washed more than once in hot water prior to fabrication.
An additional aside: I was hoping to work in a personal rant about the young woman in Safeway who had pulled her mask under her chin and was loudly talking on her phone while walking towards me going the wrong way in a one-way aisle – but couldn’t quite figure how to fit it in this blog post – so consider yourself lucky!
(3/18/2022) Broken link removed and replaced.
(7/7/2020) A reader, noting that masks made to fit children can be hard to find, suggested that I add the following two Etsy shops owned and operated by Sacramento residents:
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