Wondering where you can buy reusable face masks? These are the high street face masks that haven’t sold out just yet.
In these testing times, we’ve all been doing what we can to help ourselves feel better – whether that be picking up the best loungewear for working from home, or treating ourselves to the best beauty products for self-isolation.
But some people, and companies, have been going above and beyond to help others.
Pretty much every business has been facing tough times the past few months, including the fashion industry. But fashion has been playing its role in helping during the coronavirus pandemic – from making large financial and equipment donations to hospitals and charities, to using their own supply chain to produce PPE for the frontline staff.
And this has included businesses – including fashion businesses – starting to make their own reusable masks, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Wearing a face mask is now advised by the UK government, during the fight against coronavirus – but should I wear a mask to go shopping? The advice is to wear a mask if you are somewhere where social distancing is difficult, or if you are close to people outside your household.
So if you’re on the hunt for a reusable face mask, it could be helpful to check out our list of retailers that are still selling them…
Where can I buy reusable face masks in the UK?
Last week designer and celebrity Pearl Lowe introduced beautiful Liberty print face masks into her collection but they are selling out fast! The pretty, double lined masks are hand made in Somerset by local seamstresses, and with each silk Liberty Print mask you purchase, £5 will be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
There are plenty of other brands also selling reusable face masks. They include:
- Lavender Hill
- Edeline Lee
- Isabel Manns
- Liberty at Brora
- Newt London
Kate and Vicky, founders of fashion brand Paisie, a regular on our fashion editorials, said, “When the lockdown began for us, we decided that we would like to use our design skills to help slow down the spread of the virus.
“We started to make our non-surgical masks as a way to help our communities and to say thank you to our customers for their continued support during these difficult times.”
The below reusable face masks are non-medical, so are not guaranteed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Are face masks washable?
Yes and no. If you buy the below material/cotton masks, many are washable, with some (such as Lavender Hill’s) machine washable.
However, if you are wearing a paper mask, it is not advised to wash them as they will likely disintegrate – they are generally only intended to wear for one use.
It’s advisable to wash your material mask after every usage, to avoid contamination. If the item’s description and retailer allows, wash on as high a cycle as possible to rid the item of any lingering germs.
However, some face masks are made of more delicate material, so will need to be hand-washed. Make sure to always check the item description.
Remember however that while face masks can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (find out how to book a COVID-19 test here), by shielding people with symptoms from healthy people, it is still vital to self-isolate if you do have symptoms. If you suspect you may have coronavirus symptoms, find out how to book a COVID-19 test.
Charity face masks UK
Many of the brands with masks available are not profiting entirely from all of the sales – instead, many are donating to charities and to the NHS with the proceeds.
For example, the Brora Liberty face mask will donate £10 of each of their £19 face masks to the NHS Charities Together. And, with each purchase of Pearl Lowe’s face mask, £5 will also be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
Similarly, some brands are donating many of their masks to those in need. If you buy a Lavender Hill mask pack, they will donate a pack to the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea.
How to make a reusable face mask
If you do fancy making your own face mask (although we’ll be snapping up the stylish ones below!), follow our video guide on how to make a face mask from a sock. Or, find out how to make a face mask without sewing.
Best reusable face masks that are stylish, functional and still in stock
Designed using their own fabric in their studio, Paisie face masks have been a huge success and come in four colour ways - all of which are available for pre-order now.
"We started off with just the one colour and after a lot of really lovely feedback from our customers, we're now making these in more colours and we hired extra help so that we can cater to the demand. It's been an amazing process and we're happy that we can help out in our own way", says Kate and Vicky.
Brora are selling these super stylish masks in the chic and recognisable Liberty print, offering 1 mask for £19, with £10 of that going to NHS Charities Together. They advise hand-washing before use.
The latest addition to Paisie's collection of face masks is this black design which is a larger size to the striped styles. Measuring 16 x 20cm it also has adjustable elastic loops.
Lots of independent retailers on Etsy are putting their skills to use during the pandemic and creating reusable masks from some beautiful fabrics. We love these floral ones, which are sold for £6 each. And there are plenty more available on the website if these aren't quite to your taste.
These pretty, double lined masks are hand made in Somerset by local seamstresses. Made from a beautifully detailed Liberty Print fabric, with a colourful array of poppies. Printed on tana lawn fabric, with an effortlessly luxurious matte finish.
Made with breathable cotton materials, washable, and fitted with a filter to help fight the spread of illness. Plus when you buy a reusable mask, Casetify will donate a surgical mask to a health worker in need.
Handmade from four layers of organic linen, a fabric that has naturally antibacterial properties, Plümo's masks have elasticated ear loops and come in a variety of prints and colours. For every mask sold, Plümo is donating to Masks for NHS Heroes.
If you're looking for something unique and colourful then head to Newt. Their reusable face masks have adjustable ear straps, are made using biodegrable fabric, and are also reversible giving you two prints in one mask.
Reformation's making donations to the most vulnerable and to essential workers by selling these reusable face masks.
Available in navy, striped blue and denim blue, the masks come in a cotton pouch to keep them safe. For every set bought, the brand is donating a pack to a charity that looks after vulnerable and refugee communities.
Protect yourself but make it fashion. Made from the brand's surplus fabric, they have a variety of different patterns however some of the prints are already sold out. All proceeds go to the NHS.
Made by volunteers at their own homes using their own equipment, all proceeds will help the Non Profit Mask-Making Project keep working to donate masks to frontline workers.
Made for both adults and children, this 5-pack of masks come in one size. Made using soft cotton, they'll come in mixed colours and prints, though you can't select which you get.