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        Introducing Rafi Nova's Sensory Friendly Mask

        Introducing Rafi Nova's Sensory Friendly Mask

        Designed in partnership with Easterseals of Southern California, Rafi Nova has created the Sensory Friendly Mask. Rafi Nova and Easterseals had a vision of a mask best for a person on the spectrum. The Sensory Friendly Mask is specifically designed as a mask for autism, a mask for an autistic person, a mask for an autistic child, or a mask for someone with sensory sensitivities. The Sensory Friendly Mask trial versions were continually optimized, tested, and adjusted by various doctors, therapists, and children until the final product was made.
        After identifying this need for an autism-friendly mask, Rafi Nova and Easterseals joined forces to conceptualize, design, and test a sensory-friendly mask that ensures all individuals can stay safe in public without experiencing stress caused by their face mask. Every component of the mask is well thought out, tested, and approved by both Occupational Therapists and focus
        groups of individuals who would use a sensory-friendly mask. Rafi Nova and Easterseals collected feedback throughout the design and testing process to ensure a sensory-friendly experience for all users.
        The Sensory-Friendly Mask was designed with materials and features that ensure comfort and function. This unique innovation is the perfect mask for a person on the spectrum, a mask for autism, a mask for an autistic person, a mask for an autistic child, or a mask for those with sensory sensitivities.
        During these times, it is essential to wear a mask to help keep our communities safe. But for those with sensory sensitivities, mask-wearing can be a challenging task. Kids, adults, and therapists have tested the Sensory Friendly Mask to ensure a sensory-friendly experience.
        Innovations that set the Sensory Friendly Mask apart from other masks include the following
        features in the materials and design:
        To ensure the mask's premium softness, each sensory-friendly mask is lined on the inside with 100% Mulberry silk.

        • The breathable cotton outer layer makes it one of the most comfortable masks for a person on the spectrum or a person with sensory sensitivities.
        • With unique construction that includes limited seaming, each Sensory Friendly Mask features a sleek design and exceptional construction to keep the mask away from the mouth.
        • The sensory-friendly mask has an adjustable nose bridge that keeps the mask in place and ensures the perfect fit (also helps decrease glasses fog).
        • Soft, adjustable jersey knit straps around the head, rather than the ears, to avoid irritation and sensory sensitivities. The clasp on the back of the Sensory Friendly Mask ensures ease to take on and off the mask.
        • Plus, each sensory-friendly mask is reusable and machine washable!
        If you are looking for the best mask for anyone on the spectrum, a mask for autism, a mask for an autistic person, a mask for an autistic child, or a mask for sensory sensitivities, Rafi Nova's Sensory Friendly Mask has all the features. To purchase, visit
        www.rafinova.com.

        Random Acts of Kindness Challenge: 2021 Quarantine Edition!

        Random Acts of Kindness Challenge: 2021 Quarantine Edition!

        Have you ever felt that the news is always bad? In difficult times it is important to stay informed, but nonetheless exhausting and challenging to read only articles that are sad or painful. If you have felt like you are stuck in an endless cycle of bad news and are powerless to change it, you are not alone. Although 2020 was a hard year, we have found solace in appreciating small moments of positivity (we recommend the YouTube spiral of kind pranks and random acts of kindness). 

        We are trying to remember that in dark times, it is up to us to create our own light. So.. we came up with a (socially distant) 30 day random acts of kindness challenge!  If you are looking for something positive to cling to, or wanting to spread some joy among those in your community, consider challenging yourself to complete one of these a day. After all, the greatest gift is giving, and what better way to kick off 2021 than with a bit of joy. 

        1. Reach out to someone you know (a neighbor, friend, or family member) you know might be struggling with loneliness or isolation. Send them a letter inviting them to be pen pals, or ask them to schedule a phone/zoom call! 
        2. Handwrite letters to frontline and essential workers, teachers, prisoners, veterans, or patients in a children's hospital. Wish them well during this crisis, and let them know they are not alone
        3. Support local businesses by buying vouchers and gift cards for future use
        4. Next time you go out to eat, leave a bigger tip than usual!  
        5. Make a playlist for someone you love
        6. Bring someone a book you think they would like or benefit from reading, or leave a book in your nearest little free library
        7. Leave quarters in coin vending machines at the store for kids to find and make their day!
        8. Venmo or Paypal someone to buy themselves a small treat, like flowers or a coffee!
        9. Next time you mow your lawn, offer to do your neighbor’s!  
        10. Write someone a list of things you love and appreciate about them
        11. Send someone a care package (Candy, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, A Face Mask, a Candle, Stationary)
        12. Treat someone to a manicure or pedicure!
        13. Leave a compliment on someone’s instagram post!
        14. Leave a friendly sign in your window for your neighbors to see!
        15. Donate to a GoFundme or charity
        16. Next time you wash your car, wash your neighbor’s while you’re at it!
        17. Make a scrapbook for a family member or friends of cherished memories
        18. Make dog toys from old T shirts to donate to a shelter 
        19. Call your neighbors before heading on a grocery run, offer to pick up anything they need!
        20. Donate school supplies to local schools in need  
        21. If you see an expired parking meter, put some change in it!
        22. Leave a cold beverage or small surprise gift in your mailbox for your mail carrier! 
        23. If you see someone suffering homelessness, buy them a meal.  Or, carry around grocery store gift cards, water bottles, or care packages
        24. See if your neighbors need any help with child care or pet care
        25. Leave a thank you note and small gift for your grocery/ food delivery driver! 
        26. Create a “take what you need, leave what you can” container for your neighborhood 
        27. Leave flowers random places, like doorsteps, mailboxes, and car door handles
        28. Tape a few dollars and a note on a vending machine!  
        29. Let people cut in line in front of you at the bathroom or the coffee shop
        30. Donate blood in a blood drive

        Rafi Nova has the top clear face masks for teachers!

        Teachers now need to wear a mask at school and for long periods of time. Educators who are continuing to have in-person classroom work with students will see the benefits of clear face masks over a cloth face covering for improved communication. 

        Rafi Nova’s The Smile Mask uses a unique design and a clear plastic, BPA free panel to overcome the limitations that traditional masks pose for non-verbal communication.  The clear face mask sits away from the skin, which causes less irritation, and has one size fits most adjustable ear loops for comfort.

        Rafi Nova has clear face mask packs for teachers that will increase teachers' ability to communicate with their students more efficiently. Due to the clear mask panel, their students will be able to see their mouth as they talk and smile throughout the day’s lessons.

        One of the most important ways teachers can communicate effectively is through facial expressions. In today's current climate with COVID-19, teachers need to have the ability to show their face while protecting themselves and their students. Rafi Nova provides this ability with its clear face mask packs available for teachers. 

        By giving teachers the ability to have their visual facial expressions coincide with what they say, Rafi Nova's clear face masks allow communication and education to continue beyond what a student might hear. It is important to remember that visual cues make up 55% of communication and are more critical to deaf or hard of hearing students that rely on lip-reading. When these visual cues are hidden with a clothed mask, the likelihood of miscommunication may occur at a higher rate.

        A smile's importance can never be underestimated in building a rapport with your students and improving these relationships! These clear face mask packs allow for teacher and student relationships to develop more efficiently.  When classroom tensions might run high, the value of a smile can diffuse and calm a situation. Rafi Nova's clear face mask packs for teachers will help any educator.

        Understanding visual cues and listening to the words being spoken are key for students to comprehend an assignment fully. An additional benefit of clear face masks for teachers, who are working with children of all ages, is that these masks allow teachers to explain ideas and concepts without any interference of their face covered with a cloth mask. 

        Clear face masks provide a design that features the ability to work well for the entire classroom.  We encourage teachers and students alike to consider the Rafi Nova clear face masks. This mask will significantly improve communication with your students and result in a stronger bond across the classroom, enhancing engagement with students and peers a like.

        Whether it's working with hard of hearing students, teachers who want to increase their connection with each student with a smile, and everything in between, Rafi Nova's clear masks for teachers have a large number of benefits for the teachers and their students.  Teachers, try and experience these clear masks for yourselves! Clear face masks for teachers are available to purchase at www.rafinova.com.

        The Case Against Fast Fashion

        The Case Against Fast Fashion

        The #BlackLivesMatter protests occurring globally over the last year, as well as the recent riots at the capitol building have caused a much needed and long overdue examination of businesses and industries which have historically profited off of the exploitation of people of color. As a whole, the fashion industry has come under widespread scrutiny for its lack of black designers, black fashion models, and growth opportunities for black employees.  Another major issue that lies within the center of the discussion is the popularity of fast fashion brands. This refers to companies that are able to produce cheap and trendy clothing by cutting costs that negatively impact the environment, factory workers, and eventually, consumers. These companies, which are known to operate in developing nations, shift these burdens onto the local population in order to be able to sell at low cost to predominantly white markets

        At Rafi Nova, we are committed to 100% transparency about the origin of our products. We are a fair trade and ethical company that purchases textiles directly from Hmong artisans in Vietnam, always paying a fair price. We are completely transparent in our intentions to clean, cut and re-purpose materials to make our bags and pouches. The cotton used in our face masks is made from preexisting limited run textiles, and we are currently looking to shift to fabrics made from bamboo. Additionally, the plastic used in our smile mask is made of recycled medical grade plastic. In the wake of severe climate change, as well as an increased attention on human rights, ethical and sustainable fashion has become a buzzword in the question of how to salvage the industry. At Ravi Nova, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and enact positive change for our communities. One of the largest influences on our business model has been our goal of uniting families around the world and empowering them to create joy and health for their children. Fast fashion directly opposes this goal. Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. This occurs partly as a result of western businesses outsourcing and subcontracting operations to developing countries and using production models that keep wages and safety standards low. 

        The fashion industry is frequently cited as one of the world’s largest sources of pollution. Once a fast fashion garment is purchased, it is worn an average of only five times before being disposed of, which results in 85% of the textiles produced yearly ending up in landfills. These fabrics are often made with toxic chemicals and dangerous dyes that are released into the air and water when washed or thrown away. 80% of the garment workers worldwide are women of color, many of whom are subjected to gender violence from male supervisors and do not earn a living wage. This undeniably makes fast fashion an issue affecting both racism and feminism, and we think time is up!  Many fast fashion brands have posted messages of solidarity on social media accounts in the last year without taking any concrete action or addressing the problems in their business practices. Activists are calling on shoppers to boycott these brands and vote with their dollars. Essentially, brands cannot claim that black lives matter when the people of color in their supply chains are mistreated, and we as consumers cannot support them without supporting these injustices. 

        In addition to refraining from supporting fast fashion brands, there are many other ways to be involved. The 15% Pledge is a petition you can sign that aims at encouraging major retailers to commit a minimum of 15% of their shelves to black owned businesses. The No New Clothes Pledge challenges signers to be cognizant of their purchases for 90 days in the hopes of building more support for black owned and local businesses. The fashion industry, including ethical fashion, still has an incredibly long way to go, and we are only beginning to pave the way to real change. As always, Rafi Nova welcomes any questions and concerns from our community. Please connect with us at info@rafinova.com or on Instagram @rafinova_go