I hope all my readers are staying well physically and emotionally in these challenging times. Although people appear to have different views about the idea of wearing face masks, some will choose to do so. From what I understand, face coverings will help prevent you spreading infection. They also serve as a reminder we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to Coronavirus. With that in mind I am sharing some ideas on where to buy face masks and coverings.
Where to buy face masks – the Owl and Dragon Etsy shop
I have ordered my own face covering from this fun Etsy store. I went with the liquorice allsorts version as I thought it would be a giggle and I was keen to support a small business. Amanda who runs the store with her lovely mum told me;
Covaflu Respirator Mask
These masks were designed to stop the spread of influenza originally. The Covaflu Mask filters 94% of particles, complies with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) pandemic protection guidelines, and has an adjustable head harness suitable for every head size. You can purchase at Covaflu.com and it is also available at local pharmacies, WHSmith and Ocado.
Vistaprint just launched a collection of comfortable, washable, and well-designed masks. The mask’s advanced filtration blocks airborne contaminants without trapping moisture and the replaceable filter system means you can rewash your mask over and over to reduce waste. The masks are designed to fit every face, with a 3-dimensional chin structure, a nose bridge that endures for thousands of bends, and adjustable straps to keep your mask the perfect fit all day long. Masks start at £13 for kids sizes and £17 for adults, and 10% of mask sales will go towards supporting local communities. You can see the full collection here.
Henley House and Henley Printing
These companies are offering face masks with your own branding or artwork. They are also raising money for, Molly Olly’s Wishes.
Making your own face mask
You can make one from an old T-shirt using the guidance on a Government website.
If you are a fan of the Great British Sewing Bee, be inspired by The Big Community Sew campaign. This is designed to provide information and a community resource where you can find out about what the UK sewing community is doing to help create face coverings and resources on how you can make your own. Search using the hashtag #bigcommunitysew on Instagram. You can find videos from your favourite designers and bloggers such as Elisalex of By Hand London, Atia from The Bright Blooms and Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons.
Please note that these masks and coverings are not recommended by this blog as medical devices or personal protective equipment (PPE). They are recommended only for personal use and are not intended for use by health care professionals or for use in hospitals or health care facilities.
Do you have any suggestions on where to buy face masks and coverings?