After weeks of deliberation, face masks were made compulsory on public transport from 15 June. The government is also now advising us to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible, or where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as going shopping or visiting the Post Office.
Your covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana tied around your face, or a DIY mask you’ve made from an old t-shirt or a pair of socks (there is a clear step-by-step guide to making homemade cloth face coverings here). However, if you’ve been wondering where to buy face masks that you can reuse where all the hard work has been done for you, you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re overwhelmed by eBay and Amazon, here are the face masks you can buy direct from brands, many of whom will also donate a portion of the proceeds to charitable causes.
While it’s important to note that these masks are not equivalent to medical-grade equipment, and that you should follow the official guidance to find a solution that suits your personal circumstances, these face coverings can still provide a layer of extra protection and added peace of mind when you’re out and about.
Where to buy face masks: The best reusable designs to choose from
George at Asda
George at Asda has launched an extremely budget-friendly face mask offering, with unisex packs of two in black or white for just £2.50. Each one is washable and reusable, made with elastic straps for comfort and quick-drying fabric.
Mango is one of the first high street retailers to branch out into reusable face masks (although we predict they won’t be the last). The design is easy to adjust and you can choose between printed or plain versions.
Another high street offering in a smart shade of navy, Reiss’s option is made from silk-blend fabric that feels comfortable on the skin, and can be washed and reused up to 100 times.
British Fashion Council
The BFC’s Great British Designer campaign is a series of sustainable and reusable face coverings designed in London by six British designers, Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, RAEBURN and RIXO. The project aims to raise £1 million, with 100 per cent of profits split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.
Essentiel Antwerp’s reusable face masks come in a range of seasonal signature prints, made with three-layered fabric and a jersey lining. Part of the proceeds from the coverings will be given to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization.
Florence Bridge’s designs are great if you just want a clean, simple mask in a block colour. They are made with 100 per cent cotton linings and satin front coverings; a portion of profits from mask sales go to the Fuel Our Frontline charity, who deliver essential groceries to hospital workers around the UK.
British designer Isabel Manns has made masks from surplus fabric and 100 per cent of proceeds will be given to the NHS. Each ones has a lining, elastic ear loops and a gap so that you can place a piece of filter fabric inside.
Lavender Hill Clothing
You may recognise the name Lavender Hill Clothing from when its t-shirts received a seal of approval from the Duchess of Sussex last year. Now it’s selling triple-layered cotton face masks in packs of three, and for every pack your purchase one is donated to the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea, which provides support to vulnerable people in the local community.
Mayamiko is another Meghan Markle approved brand, worn by the royal for her first appearance in Africa last year. Their colourful patterns make a brighter addition than many, and for every mask you buy one will be donated to vulnerable communities. You can also sponsor a mask directly for just £2.
Edeline Lee’s masks are made of 100 per Nonwoven Spunbond Polyproylene – the same fluid-resistant fabric used to make surgical masks. The brand stresses that they are not a medical-grade N95 or P3, but the design fits similarly closely to the face with no gaps. There’s also a bendable wire nose piece that can be formed to the bridge of your nose. Purchases fund the materials and logistical costs of volunteer-made masks being donated to the frontline.
Plümo’s protective four-layered face masks come in a range of colours, and they also offer sizes for children. With every sale, it is also donating to the ‘Masks 4 Heroes’ crowdfunding campaign providing PPE to NHS frontline staff. ‘Linen is one of the oldest fabrics used by mankind and is resilient and functional. More importantly, linen has naturally antibacterial properties,’ the team says of its fabric choice.
Demand for Style Cheat’s simple yet chic masks is so high they’re currently sold out, but there is more stock on the way. Each one is double layered and made in a breathable fabric such as cotton or viscose, with a small pocket for a filter. For every mask purchased, the brand is giving a medical grade one to frontline workers.
Baukjen face masks are made using 100 per cent soft cotton leftover fabrics and cut-offs; they’re treated with an anti-bacterial coating and are also water repellent. For each pack of 5 you buy, it will send you an additional pack of 5 masks, to share with your neighbours, as part of it’s #masks4all campaign.
Casetify is another brand operating on a buy one, donate one basis, and has started off those efforts with a donation of 10,000 masks to Direct Relief. Its cloth masks are made from breathable cotton, and fitted with a filter as standard.
If you want your mask to be as pretty as it is practical, head to Juniqe. Normally its one of our go-to websites for affordable wall art, but in light of the pandemic it has turned its attentions to making washable, reusable face masks, which comes in a range of prints from its talented artists. For every two masks sold, one mask is donated to support the grassroots initiative #EuropeCares.
Riley Studio is utilising waste fabric to make face coverings, which they’ve already been donating to care workers behind the scenes. Show your support by investing in one and you’re supporting their efforts to continue delivering masks to the frontline.
DSI has teamed up with gold medal Paralympic table tennis player and Strictly contestant for its 100 per cent cotton rainbow masks, which are raising money for GOSH. Will spent many years of his early life at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the design is his lovely way to give something back.
For those wondering where to buy face masks that are particularly chic, Marc Cain’s masks come in a range of stylish fabrics including florals, snake skin and geometrics. For each one purchased, a donation is made to the German Red Cross.
100 per cent of Harem London’s unisex washable masks will be donated to the NHS. The reusable design has been made out of leftover fabric from the brand’s AW19 collection, so is also helping to reduce waste.
The Bias Cut
After a jersey face mask rather than cotton or linen? Try The Bias Cut, which is offering soft, stretchy coverings in an array of fun animal prints. For each one bought, the brand will donate £5 to charity Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care.
Beachwear brand Aspiga’s masks have a lightweight, bohemian feel. They’re made from two layers of protective cotton with expanding pleats, and have elastic hoops to give you a comfortable fit.
Another two-layered cotton face mask, each pack comes with a coordinating print theme in a range of pretty new season fabrics. They’re also reinforced with flexible wire in the nose area.
An affordable, unisex pick that works out at £7.50 per mask. The outside is made of moisture-repellent material while the inside is moisture-absorbing to keep you comfortable for longer. There are two sizes available – S or M – and a choice of black or white.
Le Colonel, which usually manufactures bow ties and other accessories, has turned its hand to masks for men, women and children in a range of Liberty London fabrics. Each one has three layers of fabric – two external layers of cotton and a central filter layer.
Sera of London x The Lady Garden Foundation
Interior designer Sera Hersham-Loftus and Lady Garden co-Founder Tamara Beckwith Veroni, have teamed up with seamstress Maureen Baker for these reusable face masks; Maureen donated her collection of Laura Ashley fabrics to the cause and is handmaking each set herself. All profits will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Emergency Appeal – to order yours, send a direct message on the Lady Garden Instagram account or via the contact page on the Lady Garden website.
An investment, yes, but made from beautiful quality Liberty Print silk. There’s a range of patterns available to pre-order, and for each one bought £5 will be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, in support of paramedics, health care workers and the communities that use these services during this difficult time.
Valle & Vik
Another luxe option, Valle & Vik have repurposed surplus organic silk materials from their collections to create a range of two-layered silk facemasks, which come with a matching silk drawstring bag for safe storage. The company will be donating 100 per cent of proceeds to the NHS.
Best known for its range of wear-forever Breton tops, Saint James has launched a range of face masks using the same fabric as its staple Striped Sailor Jerseys. The set of two masks has three layers: two of jersey cotton, and a layer of fleece.
Solveig Starovic adapted this design from her original sports mask design for commuters and sports enthusiasts in polluted city centres, with a focus on maximum protection through very high filtration, while maintaining comfort and breathability. The result is these neutral masks, made in the UK from regenerated nylon that includes recycled plastics from discarded fishing nets. £1 from each one sold goes to Masks for NHS Heroes.
How to keep your reusable face mask clean
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your mask on and after taking it off
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times
- After wear, store your used face mask in a plastic bag until you are able to wash it
- Wash your mask(s) regularly according to manufacturer instructions – usually at 90 degrees. They can go in your normal laundry and be washed using your regular detergent
- Clean any surfaces the face mask has come into contact with after use