Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has announced mask-wearing in public mandatory, effective 11:59pm Wednesday July 22 in an attempt to try and combat the spread of the Melbourne coronavirus outbreak. We've covered why you should be wearing a mask as a preventative measure, but now that it's become mandatory in Melbourne, we decided to put together a running list of our favourite reusable mask suppliers.
To note, if you are a healthcare worker, have underlying health conditions, or are over the age of 60, medical-grade masks are advised over fabric masks. For the general public not experiencing symptoms, (you should immediately isolate and get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms) fabric masks are a safe and environmentally sound choice for protection in conjunction with frequent hand washing/sanitising and social distancing.
See our list of favourite sustainable options here, or head to the bottom for masks that you can grab quickly.
1. FTC Masks
Handmade in Sydney's Northern Beaches, FTC Masks offer premium linen masks in Oat and Noir colours for fans of the classics. Each mask features elasticated ear loops, a mouldable nose-piece and a pocket opening that allows you to insert an air filter should you opt for further protection.
2. GE. Label
100% cotton masks handmade in Melbourne, complete with the cutest prints of all. GE Masks feature a square covering with ties to secure the mask to your face and are made of three layers of cotton to provide protection. Available in four extremely sweet prints.
Classic reusable masks designed for comfort with interchangeable filters for optimal protection. Clear Collective supply cotton masks with insertable filers and adjustable earloops for maximum comfort and tailored protection. Available in a range of prints and styles for adults and children.
4. Mimi's Masks
Handmade in Sydney, Mimi's Masks are made from premium double-layer linen and feature a layer of polyester lining (wadding) in between. Elastic ear loops are tied at each side for easy re-tying for an ideal fit to the face. Mimi's Masks are available for adults, children and even toddlers ages 1-3.
5. E Nolan
E Nolan's handmade reusable face cloth masks are made in house in Melbourne. Made from two layers of pre-washed 100% cotton from Liberty London, England and end-of-roll 100% cotton imported from Italy and New Zealand.
Available in two sizes of Adult and Adult+, they're $25 here.
A sustainable favourite, KITX has created face masks called he KITX Remnant Mask. They're crafted from old sampling scraps, from remnant luxe Belgium hemp, silk and linen material.
The masks features pleats to shape the design to your face, and uses 100% organic-cotton elastic and responsibly-sourced rubber to fit around ears. KITX masks can be worn, washed, reworked and discarded with minimal impact on the earth. The materials will biodegrade and break down, and return to nature easily. Additionally, the organic materials used to create the mask mean consumers are not breathing in any chemicals or through harmful materials.
These are a great sustainable choice and just $25. You can actually grab these ones at our RUSSH store. We loved them so much we decided to offer them too.
The Common Good Company is a sustainable and ethical fashion brand / social enterprise in Melbourne. This group is making 100% GOTS certified organic cotton face masks - and for every two sold TCGCo will donate one to vulnerable members of the community such as BANH inc.
These folks have already reached over 300 masks to be donated, and counting. The masks are a basic black for all the minimalists out there and they're only $15.
Manufactured in Australia and sewn in the B-Corp Arnsdorf Atelier in Melbourne, these reusable face masks comprise of three layers of organic cotton, with organic cotton rib binding for personal community use. Arriving in-store and online next week.
Saving Face Co. has just launched its first range of reusable bamboo and cotton face masks with accompanying disposable PM2.5 filters - bamboo is always a big tick in our book, it uses a lot less water in growth and production. Plus, they're made locally in Marrickville, Sydney.
For each purchase of a mask, Saving Face Co. is donating $3 to the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown, Sydney. And yes, there's still plenty in stock.
Etsy is a hub of creative and cute face masks for every type of person. Often handmade by families or smaller communities instead of large corporations, Etsy is a great place to buy from when wanting to support individuals. You're also bound to find a style/fit that works for your needs.
11. Farley Avenue
Many of these masks are made from scrap, remnant fabric. They come in three colours, black, white or pink/red. They're made to comply with all Melbourne and Victorian regulations and are handmade in Melbourne. They're available for pickup if you're within the travel distance but can be posted of course. They're $22.95 with free shipping.
12. Baby Anything
These masks are 100% cotton double layer with additional cotton internal pocket for removable PPE or carbon filter. They're washable and handmade in Sydney at Babyanything
Length 27cm x width 12cm. At they present, only the denim ones are still in stock so you'll have to move quickly. They're $28.
Other quick-delivery and single-use mask options
If you haven't got the time to order in one of these reusable and sustainable options - which we still very much recommend investing in, as a much better choice for the environment - there are others more readily available.
You might need one of these until your sustainable mask arrives in the post - as we all know, postage is rather delayed at the moment.
You can buy some reusable and single-use masks from these stores:
- Chemist Warehouse
- THE ICONIC
- Culture Kings
- Papinelle Sleepwear