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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: 4.02.21: With Melbourne having recorded its first case of community transmission in 28 days, premier Daniel Andrews has reinstated certain COVID-19 restrictions to slow the spread.
Masks will once again be mandatory indoors and social gatherings will be capped at 15 people per household. The plan to return 75 percent of workers to their workplaces will be put on hold with the current cap of 50 percent staying in place for the meantime.
“We have to assume that this person has infected others,” Mr. Andrews said.
“All of us across this state, having been through everything we’ve been through, having been as a community so united, and had that real sense of purpose to this thing. I’m confident that we all know what we have to do.”
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, with plain block colours, stripes, tie dye, logo prints and more. They’re available to buy in bulk packs of three or 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 $70 which offers a touch of luxury.
If you want to keep it simple, the H-Wood Contoured Non-Medical Face Mask 4-pack for $29.99 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.
Protective, comfy and cheap, these Bonds masks have got it all. They have a double layer of protection, with a 100 per cent cotton our layer that’s been treated with HeiQ Viroblock and an X-Temp inner layer that keeps you cool, dry and comfortable.
They’re available in multiple sizes and multipacks – we recommend buying a three pack bundle!
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 100 per cent cotton that is triple layered, 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.
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.
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.
Reiss offer a few masks that are on the pricier side, but super well made.
The Reusable 3-Layered Fabric Face Mask is crafted from a breathable silk-blend fabrication that can be reused up to 50 times, and as a bonus, profits from the sale of each mask is donated to NHS Charities Together.
They also offer two-layer masks, such as the Reusable Silk Lined Face Mask 3-pack, which has a silk lining that won’t irritate sensitive skin, and adjustable straps to fit all face shapes and sizes.
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.
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 February 4, 2021.