If you had to name one thing no fashion designer could have predicted, it would be the face mask. Previously associated with medical procedures and London tourists, this accessory has become a mainstay in all bags and pockets. As a result, a number of designers have developed face coverings for all occasions. There have also been new designers popping up, ensuring we have face masks to suit all tastes. A selection of our favourite ethical and sustainable masks are below.
www.birdsong.london For women who expect more from their wardrobe, this company designs original wardrobe staples that are ethical, sustainable and made by talented women paid a fair wage. They use a range of autumn colours, including burgundy, teal and burnt orange, in their striped and spotty face masks. The material is biodegradable, double-layered, pleated and elasticated loops to fit a range of sizes. Cost £14 each.
www.daiwear.com Dai Wear, based at E1 Studios in Whitechapel, east London, has launched a range of luxury protective face masks, which are eco friendly and machine washable. Cotton styles feature a performance anti-bacterial silver-fibre lining. This fashion brand has not only produced hundreds of masks for charities and companies, they have donated thousands of pounds’ worth of easy-wash trousers to frontline NHS staff and launched a ‘buy a pair, donate a pair’ initiative to double their efforts. Masks start at £12 each.
www.ethicalfacemasks.co.uk Where quality and fashion collide with a range of three-layered fabric masks, including green camouflage and white and blue stars. These masks are 100% OEKO-TEX-certified cotton, which means it has been tested for harmful substances. They are made from materials sourced and manufactured in Poland. Cost £9.99 each, including free delivery in the UK, and available in medium and large.
www.sabinna.com Beautiful heritage colours in floral, striped and checked designs. Around 95% of all their garments use natural fibres, reducing the amount of microplastics going into our oceans. They use 100% compostable mailers for shipping their smaller products. They also offer a free repair service on all their pieces. Prices range from £29 for a cute matching set, for you and your partner.
www.lofte.uk Using ethically sourced materials, their 100% cotton masks ensure all profits go to the NHS. A range of primary and secondary colours with beautiful designs, including scarlet pebbles, flecked emeralds and mandevilla vine. All their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable; they use plastic-free tape and envelopes from sustainable eucalyptus trees. Cost £12 each.
www.efikl.co.uk Made from recycled cotton, these masks come in sizes for children and adults. They also have kids packs and family packs for those who love to match. A large choice of designs ranging from leopard print and dogtooth to plain masks including lilac and royal blue. They use audited printers to ensure no harmful chemicals are used, and use a local manufacturer that subscribes to ethical working practices. Prices start from £6.99 each.