Like your mobile phone, masks have now become the essential item you can’t leave your house without. Here’s where to buy the best cloth masks that can be washed, reused and worked into your wardrobe.
UPDATE: 22/08.21: New health orders in Greater Sydney, means it’s now mandatory for people in Greater Sydney to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas of non-residential premises, including workplaces. You must also wear a face mask are on public transport, or at a public transport waiting area.
With the mask mandate back in place, you’ll want to stock up on your supplies – so we’ve got you covered.
ORIGINAL STORY: Masks have been a hot topic when it comes to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally Aussies were told to steer clear of panic buying them to ensure healthcare workers had access to adequate supplies. Now, government and health officials are advising citizens to start wearing masks in public where they can’t social distance.
When buying a mask you want to make sure it’s breathable (that’s why cotton is so good), machine washable (so it can be reused) and that it sits comfortably (so look for adjustable straps). Also the end of the day, it’s important to like it, so have fun with colours and textures, because if you’re not vibing it, you’re less likely to want to wear it.
A note to remember, these products below aren’t medical devices or classified as PPE (personal protective equipment), as those supplies should be reserved for medical workers, however these masks can assist in filtering airborne particles we expel through breathing, sneezing or coughing.
These are the best places to buy face masks online in Australia in 2021:
Not only do Everlane’s 100% Human Face Masks keep you healthy and safe, 10 per cent of sales are donated to The American Civil Liberties Union, which is helping to dismantle systemic racism in the US.
You can buy them in a variety of designs. They’re available to buy in bulk packs of five, so you’ll always have a spare one on hand.
The Iconic now stock heaps of reusable and disposable face mask options in plenty of cute designs and styles.
We love the Morgan & Taylor Tahni Face Mask and Scrunchie Set for $35.96 (because who doesn’t love coordinated accessorising?!), as well as the Shhh Silk 3-pack Silk Face Covering for $50 which offers a touch of luxury.
If you want to keep it simple, the H-Wood Contoured Non-Medical Face Mask 4-pack for $15 is a good bet, and if you want something super serious, the AusAir Mask Skin, Filter and Anti-Microbial Carry Bag pack for $79 is super legit.
You can also stock up on replacement PM 2.5 filters to slip into your reusable masks for $49.95 for a 10-pack.
Amazon stock a wide range of plain, patterned, reusable or disposable face masks.
Our top pick would have to be the Weddingstar Washable Cloth Face Mask: It features five layers of protection against allergens, particles and pollutants, as well as an insert sleeve for the use of disposable PM2.5 filters, which you can stock up on separately right here.
There’s adjustable ear straps to maximise comfort, and a flexible wire nose band to ensure a snug fit and prevent the dreaded fogged-up-glasses issue that occurs with unfitted masks. The masks are available in 19 fun prints and colours, so there’s something for everyone.
Available in multiple colourways and styles, these face masks prove that staying healthy is truly on trend. There are adjustable options that are made from a linen blend, with a handy adjustable strap to ensure you get the right fit, as well as plain fabric masks that are also triple layered with stretchy ear loops. We also love that they are selling sunglass chains to accessorise your mask with.
Whatever your preference there is an Etsy store to match, offering dozens of stylish and often locally handmade options you’ll love.
Try an organic cotton fairtrade masks, sold here, or if patterns are your MO make The Little Tiger Shop or Rachel Kayla Designs your go-to. If you like to keep things simple, these soft neoprene handmade masks are available in plenty of chic block colours. There are even some for kids, sold here.
These masks from Redbubble will help you maintain your personality even when half your face is covered! They now offer flat two layer or fitted three layer masks, as well as a cute range of kids masks.
We love the comical 2020 Review mask and Foggy Glasses Club mask, but there’s plenty more designs from the hilarious to the stylish – all created by independent artists.
Society6’s pleated, machine-washable face masks have a dual layer construction with an inner pocket for inserting your own disposable filters.
And the bonus? Not only do they come in a HUGE range of amazing designs by artists from around the world, a portion of proceeds is also donated to the COVID-19 recovery effort with each purchase.
We love the cute Betty or A Lot Of Cats designs.
The online juggernaut has brought out its own line of face mask designs and is also stocking those from a few other brands.
Our picks? The simple but effective plain grey and black two pack by ASOS design for $16. They also have a two-pack frilled style for those who want a little extra zhush.
For fashion-forward designs look no further than Cotton On. They have lots of cute styles, including pne made from hemp.
What’s more, 100 per cent of proceeds go towards the Cotton On Foundation which empowers youth through quality education and access to healthcare.
Dangerfield offer super cute gingham, polka dot and plaid prints that are made of 100 per cent cotton and come with eight single-use nano meltblown filters that can slip between the two layers of fabric for extra protection.
Lovisa stock both disposable and reusable face masks for kids and adults in a variety of bright and colourful patterns and prints.
Our top picks would have to be the light leopard print for $15.99, or the floral garden 100% silk from $24.99.
Gorman’s gingham printed face masks come in a range of bright and fun colours to spice up your wardrobe.
They each come with eight single-use nano meltblown fabric filter replacements, and are made from 100 per cent cotton with a filter pocket and adjustable ear straps.
This article was originally published on July 16, 2020 and was updated on August 19, 2021.
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