Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Face Masks
As face coverings steadily cement themselves further into our daily lives, we’re here to help you find the most sustainable options to stay safe when out and about, without having a negative impact on the planet.
Whether you’re a key-worker commuting, or you’re going to the supermarket for your weekly shop, here are our favourite eco-friendly, sustainable and comfy face masks to cover up with.
Why choose a reusable face mask?
Face masks have become essential in order to enter shops and take public transport, not only here in the UK, but in many countries across the world. Reusable face masks are better than single-use masks because it will not only significantly reduce landfill waste but also leave supplies accessible to healthcare professionals and other key workers who work requires them to use disposable masks.
Though it's important to note that you'll need to regularly wash your reusable face mask because this will not only help stop the spread of diseases but also help prevent what’s commonly being referred to as ‘maskne’. Have a read of this post from Superdrug on how to avoid it.
Just think, if we were to all be wearing disposable masks all the time, there would a whole lot of people binning a whole lot of face masks every day.
How many reusable face masks do I need?
Anything from two to six should be plenty depending on how often you’re able to wash them and how much you’re wearing them. Think about washing your face mask as soon as it’s dirty, or at least wearing a fresh one on each day.
It’s okay to add your mask to your regular washing, but if you’d prefer to hand wash them then wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap, then rinse it thoroughly with clean water to make sure all of the detergent or soap has gone. For those with sensitive skin, avoid high-perfumed detergents.
It’s recommended to store wet or dirty face masks in a sealed plastic bag until you’re able to wash it
Our favourite sustainable and eco-friendly face masks
Photo credits: The Simple Folk
Every time someone buys a mask from The Simple Folk, they will donate another one to women and children in need. They’re sustainably crafted from organic cotton and come in natural, earthy tones.
Photo credits: Zola Amour
These organic cotton face coverings are gentle on your skin and kind to the environment. They’re chemical and elastic-free with fully adjustable ties, meaning that in this case, one size does fit all.
Photo credits: Turtle Bags
If you’re looking for colour and prints with your sustainable face masks, then these bold geometric coverings might be the ones for you. They come with a cotton wash bag and they’re certified by BAFTS (The British Association of Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers).
Photo credits: Maask
These sustainable face masks are ethically in Europe from recycled ocean plastic fabric. The mask has an internal pocket which fits a PM 2.5 protection filter, and it comes with 5 filters which they recommend changing at least monthly.
Photo credits: Birdsong. Living Wage
These eco-friendly face masks are made using end-of-roll and reclaimed cotton and are made ethically and locally by seamstresses in East London. Our favourites are embroidered with the word ‘optimist’ in rainbow colours.
If you have any more ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly face masks recommendations, be sure to let us know in the comments below.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.