Written by nana@lovehatechange
Published 11 July 2020
According to some estimates, we are now using 129 billion face masks
every month globally.
Single-use masks that shed micro plastics and can have a lifespan of 450
years have quickly become a new ecological time bomb.
You can avoid contributing to this pollution by making or buying reusable face masks. The best of the reusable face coverings are made of sustainable materials.
Note: Below face masks are not medical-grade.
Make your own
You can recycle an old cotton or linen cloth – there are plenty of guidance online. Here are a few picks:
- UK government website has guidance for making a mask using a t-shirt (requires hand sewing)
- Creative bloq has guidance for
And here’s the guidance that my friend developed (requires sewing):How to make face masks
Buy a sustainable mask
Plumo makes masks costing £10 each, with four layers of organic linen. Linen has antibacterial properties, as it’s not an easy environment for germs to breed in. For every mask sold, Plumo is donating to Masks for NHS Heroes.
If you want bold, colourful designs for your face covering, head to Newt, which has designed reusable, washable face masks in its signature prints on biodegradable fabrics. The masks have three layers, and the front and back layers arec made from recycled plastic bottles.
Manchester-based Wawa Clothing makes double-layered masks from 100 per cent organic ripstop cotton. The brand labels are made from recycled polyester.