Because this decade hasn’t been weird enough, here are 33 ethical face masks (that are surprisingly chic).
Did we really just research and find 33 different brands making ethical face masks? You betcha. Why? Because it's so hard to know who has stock available and who's sold out. To be honest, we can't believe we're writing this—but hey, stranger things have happened. Or have they? 2020 has been well and truly unpredictable to say the least.
Main image by A.bch.
Did we really just research and find 33 different brands making ethical face masks? You betcha. Why? Because it’s so hard to know who has stock available and who’s sold out.
To be honest, we can’t believe we’re writing this—but hey, stranger things have happened. Or have they? 2021 has been well and truly unpredictable to say the least.
We digress. The mask is currently mandatory in Queensland and it’s looking like it may be on the cards for other Australian states, not to mention plenty of countries around the world. And while we’d hate to make a negative situation even more negative, this equates to a hell of a lot of disposable masks being thrown away (and we really don’t need more crap piling up in landfill). Unless you’re a medical professional, please consider a reusable mask. And if you’re ethically inclined, there are plenty of conscious brands adding ethical face masks to their range.
Yes, there are a lot of places sold out, but hopefully with this ridiculously long list you’ll be able to find an ethical face mask that’s right for you.
Please note: Most masks are non-medical grade. We will specify if a mask is medical grade.
01. Lois Hazel
Who: Established in 2015, Lois Hazel is a premium Australian womenswear label committed to sustainable and ethical practices.
What: Made from studio fabric offcuts. Made referencing a CDC approved pattern, Lois Hazel’s triple layer washable masks are easily adjustable to fit the face with a fine elastic left untied for self-adjustment.
SHOP LOIS HAZEL MASKS HERE
Who: High quality, ethically made basics with a progressive business model that allows you to buy a garment that you love with an awareness of the impact your purchase is making.
What: A fabric face mask for personal preventative measures. Featuring adjustable around-the-head straps, not over-ear, to ensure comfort. Flexible nose piece to mould to form.
Price: $25-35 (AUD) for a pack of three, aka one of the most affordable options around.
SHOP DORSU MASKS HERE
Who: Balancing aesthetics with ethics to create leather goods handmade in Brunswick, Melbourne.
What: A cloth face mask made following the DHHS guidelines and using 3x layers of breathable materials.
Price: Sold out at time of publishing.
SHOP SIMETRIE MASKS HERE
04. Kit X
Who: KITX promises to be at the forefront of sustainable designer fashion globally, by consciously sourcing every material and component. This ethos goes into every design KITX creates to minimise the impact on our planet’s natural precious resources.
What: Single and triple layer face coverings crafted from hemp or linen.
Price: $25-35 (AUD)
SHOP KITX MASKS HERE
Who: Womenswear by Kalaurie Karl-Crooks, ethically and sustainably handcrafted to order in Melbourne.
What: Reusable and washable masks featuring adjustable ties and made with two layers of fabric (lined in 100% cotton to be gentle against your skin). Mindfully made-to-order in Melbourne from studio offcuts and scrap fabric. All fabrics are natural fibre based to make them breathable and environmentally friendly.
Price: $29 (AUD)
Who: A.BCH is a circular fashion label offering a simple solution to a complex problem.
What: A 2 ply 100% organic cotton mask, crafted from a thick, naturally moisture repelling rib outer and light jersey inner.
Price: $33 (AUD)
Who: Ethically made to order clothing. Always 100% Natural. Locally and sustainably made in Melbourne.
What: 3 layer masks – Outer layers 100% Linen – Inner layer 100% Cotton.
Price: From $28 (AUD)
Who: Sustainably designed clothing in Fremantle, Western Australia. Produced ethically in Pushkar, India by The Stitching Project.
What: A 3-ply mask with extra pocket to add (optional) filters. Handspun and hand-loomed khadi with infusible lining.
Price: $20 (AUD)
Who: An independently-accredited, ethical trading social enterprise that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities in clothing production, retail, design and marketing.
What: A reusable mask made from remnant fabrics for adults and children.
Price: From $17 (AUD).
Who: Sustainable Bedding, Bath and Basics.
What: 2 pack face masks made from 100% certified organic cotton offcuts.
Price: $39 (AUD).
Who: Create meaningful products with the highest respect for humans and nature (Based in Germany).
What: A mask made of organic cotton.
Who: A colourful homewares label from Melbourne. Manufactured responsibly and ethically.
What: A three layer mask made from archived Mosey Me fabrics.
Price: $25 (AUS)
Who: OhSevenDays is a mindfully made womenswear label creating sustainable staples from dead stock fabrics. Based in the US.
What: Made from deadstock fabrics and leftover scraps from our production. Made with two layers of natural fibre fabric with simple adjustable tie straps.
Price: $35 (USD)
14. Whimsy and Row
Who: Quality, sustainable fashion based in the US.
What: A 100% cotton machine washable mask. When you buy one they donate one.
Price: $10-26 (USD)
Who: A sustainable and ethical boutique based in the US.
What: A double-layer, reversible cloth mask. The material is 100% cotton, either organic cotton or designer remnant/salvage.
Price: $16.99-19.99 (USD)
Who: A sustainable apparel label committed to organic, recycled and zero-waste fabrics, local manufacturing, fair-trade supply chain and plastic-free packaging and production. Based in the US.
What: An organic, washable and reusable mask featuring an interior wool filter for particle capture, moisture-wicking, and antimicrobial protection.
Price: $22 (USD)
Who: Zero waste apparel, textiles, and gifts. Based in the US.
What: A three layer mask made from quilted cotton.
Price: $12 (USD)
Who: Creates products that leave an innately smaller impact on our environment, supports in-need communities, and assists in changing the narrative and understanding of ethical standards within the fashion industry.
What: A sustainable face mask lined with organic cotton.
Price: $10 (USD)
Who: Natural fibre, non-medical grade reusable face mask brand (F. the coronavirus).
What: Handmade locally in Sydney, Australia with two layers of a breathable 60% linen, 40% cotton blend.
Price: $40 (AUS)
Who: All about slow fashion and being mindful of the mark they are making on our environment. All our products are hand crafted in house, with our fabrics sourced and printed in Melbourne and all Ge. packaging is recyclable.
What: Made from 3 layers cotton fabric.
Price: $24.95-29.95 (AUD)
Who: Clear Collective began in 2019 to create pollution filtering masks that did the job but didn’t look like a surgical mask.
What: A three-layer cotton mask made in Sydney, Australia from locally sourced 100% cotton.
Price: $44.95-69.95 (AUD)
Who: Made to measure suiting. Melbourne based and independently owned.
What: Adjustable, reusable face cloth masks tailor made from two layers of pre-washed, 100% seersucker cotton.
Price: $23 (AUD)
Who: A modern womenswear brand, based on a foundation of transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability.
What: A sustainable reusable face mask made from three layers of our sustainable fabrics offcuts.
Price: $29 (AUD)
Who: With a focus on creating well-made pieces and producing only to meet demand, permanent vacation is designed and made in Melbourne, Australia.
What: Reusable face masks made in Melbourne, with responsibly-produced cotton from Osaka.
Price: $30 (AUD)
Who: Australian contemporary women’s & menswear brand.
What: Reusable, washable, 3-layer face mask in 100% cotton. Made in Melbourne from excess Kloke Fabric.
Price: $28 (AUD)
Who: Committed to sustainability and ethical fashion with a social conscience. Proudly made in Australia.
What: A reusable and reversible mask. Two layers of linen with a cotton voile in between for extra protection.
Price: $27 (AUD)
Who: Made-to-order in Melbourne. Created with resolute lines, sharp cuts and refined materials.
What: A regular mask made of black cotton poplin fabric from leftover fabric. With a filter pocket, wired nose holder and signature pearl accents.
Price: $29 (AUD)
Who: Second Stitch is a not-for-profit social enterprise that celebrates the unique skills, traditions and stories of refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum.
What: Machine washable and made from 100% new Cotton. Added lining for a filter.
Price: From $15 (AUD)
Who: Fashion that provides an inimitable alternative to trend driven, mass-produced fashion. Made in Melbourne.
What: Fabric face masks made in Melbourne out of 3 layers of cotton blend materials, with high quality fabrics and manufacturing.
Price: $25 (AUD)
Who: Luna & Soul is an environmentally-friendly yoga brand based in Melbourne.
What: A reusable face masks made of breathable and eco friendly GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and fit comfortably around the face.
Price: $9.95 (AUD)
Who: Theo the Label is an independent Australian clothing label focused on sustainability.
What: A triple layer linen cotton blend face mask
Price: From $17.95
Who: A Sunshine Coast based label that manufactures limited pieces from deadstock fabric
What: A triple layer filter mask made from recycled fabric
Price: $9.95 (AUD)
Who: An Aussie company dedicated to ethical and sustainable production, and committed to doing (The Common) Good business
What: A mask designed in Melbourne and ethically made in India using 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Price: $12.50 (AUD)