A little over 20 years ago the UKs ability to manufacture clothing at scale (including reusable PPE) was removed almost overnight when (lets call them skids&tenser) decided to move own label production to 3rd world sweatshops. Small UK clothing manufacturers went to the wall by the score with thousands of jobs lost and I didn't notice any retail price reductions, this was just a simple business decision. Over the following years many other UK clothing manufacturers also went overseas.
Hospitals used to operate a closed loop system, reusable gowns & masks, many also had onsite laundry facilities, moving to single-use PPE saved cash (laundry gone), everyone except the laundry staff was happy.
In the current crisis onsite laundry turn around times could have quickly been improved by using high street dry cleaners and any new (reusable) PPE deliveries would add to the in-use pool. Instead half the planet joined a bidding war for what was available and hoped it would be fit for use if it arrived in time.
Beancounters concentrate on immediate cost savings, the saved 'value' will usually be incurred elsewhere at some point, however in normal time it isn't manifested as a body count on daily TV.
The often ignored P5 principle applies. (as does the butterfly effect)