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Where to buy face masks and coverings

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;

“We wanted to help people in whatever way we could and make them feel more comfortable, and so we also kept the prices as low as we possible could. We make a donation of a portion of our shop profits to an animal charity every month. This month we are donating to Mashala Shelter, a charity very close to my heart that does seriously incredible work: www.facebook.com/MashalaShelter
We also wanted to cheer people up a little, which is why we picked some nice, cheery fabrics!”

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

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?

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11 Comments

  • Lydia C. Lee

    There’s a chinese tailor near us who made a tonne of material ones, really thick and good quality and very cheap $6 or 2 for $10. So i got some of those – they’re washable. And you can have it in your pocket before wearing it. (after you need to bag it before getting it to the machine) #Dreamteam

  • bamauthor

    They have been difficult to come by. I ordered some and they didn’t arrive. Had to make a second order with a different company. Then the first order arrived six weeks later!

  • loopyloulaura

    I’m really in two minds about wearing a face mask out in public. I saw a dad out the other day wearing one but his kids didn’t…looked weird, like he cared more about himself than the children! We don’t use public transport so I think we might not need them but it’s good to know there are plenty of options for those that need them. Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    Loving this list of ideas on where to get face masks from. We also bought some fun ones way back at the beginning of the lockdown, but mainly in anticipation of needing them for certain things later down the line like using the underground to get to work. Thank you for sharing these with the #DreamTeamLinky xx

  • Tracey Carr

    There’s no denying this is going to become our new norm for the foreseeable future. I haven’t worn one out yet but then I haven’t really been anywhere to necessitate it but I know I will have to consider wearing a mask once the general shops begin to open again. I know I will feel slightly self- conscious at first but you’re right Kate, they are there to remind us that we might get the virus under control but that doesn’t mean that it has gone away. Thanks for sharing such an informative post with #globalblogging

  • Karen Reekie

    Am I allowed to confess that in early January I watched the news coming out of Asia and bought a 100 surgical face masks? I was in Singapore when SARS hit before my children were born and remember that, so I wasn’t taking any chances. We also have some home made ones too. Some good sites to look for people, I wish there was more consistent advice on wearing them! #stayclassymama

  • loopyloulaura

    I am still feeling really uncertain whether to buy some face masks or not. As a former dental nurse I am aware of their limits as well as their uses… Thnaks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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