Now that face masks or coverings are highly recommended when leaving your house in New Zealand, you might be scavenging for the best places to find face masks. Though disposable medical-grade facemasks are the best, not everyone has access to them.
That's why New Zealand designers and small business owners have taken it upon themselves to make reusable (and cute) face masks as accessible as possible.
Here are our top picks for places you can get your hands on reusable facemasks so you can stay safe during your essential grocery runs or daily walks.
Annah Stretton is on a mission to protect the vulnerable in our community with their BUY ONE, GIVE ONE face mask offer.
For every limited-edition fabric face mask pack purchased, a matching pack will be delivered to registered aged care facilities around New Zealand.
Coming in an array of different patterns - you'll find one to match your style.
Fashion Designer and New Zealand label, Rachel Mills, has a range of facemasks made from organic cotton.
Their face masks are made from two layers of organic cotton tee-shirting and two layers of spun-bonded polypropylene to filter out any nasties.
Available in four different sizes to suit kids - adults.
Emerging New Zealand designer, Alice Whittle has released limited-edition reusable face masks under her label, Alice le Mode.
Made with 100 percent cotton, and double-sided, so you can choose whichever design to use depending on your mood!
New Zealand's renowned 'hat man' has been providing New Zealander's with reusable face masks since the very beginning of this pandemic.
Available in a range of classic and eye-catching linen or cotton natural fabrics free of synthetics. Each Hills Hats face mask is constructed with multiple layers including an interchangeable non-woven material filter and an antibacterial technical fabric to absorb moisture from the skin.
The mask and filter are all washable and recyclable.
Mina face masks are made in their Auckland workroom by Natalie, designer of Mina and Michelle, head of production.
These masks are made using offcuts of their current seasons ‘Walking The Bushveld’ fabric using a variety of patterns and colours.
All masks are 100 percent pure natural fabrics.
Designed and shaped to sit comfortably on your face with elasticated straps to go around the ears and double-layered fabric with an opening on either side to insert a filter.
Emerging New Zealand designer, Kajal Patel, has the most gorgeous reusable facemasks - each pattern in unique, eye-catching and fun (something we all need during this time).
Double layered with elastic earloops or fabric ties.
What's even better? Every $10 made will be donated to Unicef's Yemen crisis.
These pop-art inspired face masks by I.N.A are definitely different! Made from 100 percent deadstock fabric (woven cotton).
Make a statement and stay safe with these nostalgic numbers.
RUBY face masks are non-medical, reusable cloth face masks with adjustable ties. Made out of fabric offcuts from RUBY and Liam collections.
100 percent cotton and triple-layered for extra protection.
Celine Rita face masks are made with two layers - with an opening to insert your own filter.
There is also an area to insert a wire across the nose to provide a comfortable fit against the skin, especially for glasses wearers as it helps prevent glasses from fogging up during use.
They come in different wearable patterns and shades for everyday use.
Moreover, $1 from every mask will be donated to Youthline!
Jojo Ross has created made to order face masks!
Featuring two layers of breathable fabrics and elastic ties to secure in beautiful fabrics/patterns.
Wynn Hamlyn's face masks are single-layered made from 100 percent heavy linen. It is reusable and has adjustable fabric ties for around the ears.
One size fits all, made right here in New Zealand!
The perfect accessory for the times, stay safe and in style with taylor face masks. Lined in a gorgeous natural fibre silk and cotton blend, that will protect the delicate skin on the face and with a removable filter layer that can be washed.
Functional and stylish. With a centre seam to sit away from the face, these masks also make breathing and speaking easier.
Face It NZ is a small business creating face masks in a variety of fabric choices, mostly up-cycled quality remnants. Each mask is double-layered - tightly woven outer layer of either 100 percent cotton or linen, and all are lined with 100 percent cotton.
Suitable for men and women, one size fits most, each mask comes in a reusable bag to keep clean masks clean, and used masks isolated prior to their clean.
The Loclaire facemasks are made to order from 100 percent cotton. Reusable, washable, comfortable and they look great!
Choose from medium or large sizes and choose what fabric you would like your mask to be made in. Easy!
From New Zealand made sustainable garments, sewing patterns and tutorials for every sewing level to creating face masks for the wider community.
Makyla Creates face masks has two layers of cotton. The inside allows you to put in a filter or extra layer if you need. With elastic ear loops that are knot-tied on each side for easy size adjustments.
100 percent cotton and handmade in New Zealand.
Some gorgeous and dreamy face masks by LILA - available in trendy colours and patterns, it's bound to make a fashion statement as well as being the vessel to keeping you safe.
A reusable facemask by Olli - adjustable ties with a pocket to insert a filter if needed.
Made from 100 percent cotton or linen (depending on your pattern choice), handmade locally in New Zealand.
Made from off-cuts in their studio, Ovna Ovich has created reusable cloth fabric face masks.
These reusable cloth face masks cover the nose and mouth and are composed of three layers of fabric. They also have adjustable elastic straps to sit close and comfortably, and a metal component on the nose bridge for a firm fit.
Face mask features:
- Inner two layers: soft, AZO free dyed, GOTS Certified organic cotton
- Outer layer: thicker, deadstock cotton with polyurethane for water resistance
- Elastic straps: knot to the desired length around head or cut to tie around each ear
- Small metal nose bridge: made from upcycled paper clips
This reusable face mask by Sustainable Scrunch is made from cotton and linen materials, featuring a fun leopard print fabric and fixed elastic ear loops. This mask is adult-sized, breathable and made from three layers of material.
You can now match your mask to your favourite scrunchie!
Handmade in New Zealand from sustainable materials.
Triple-lined goodness! The Wells Trading Company has created reusable facemasks made with a sleek pin-stripe linen outer and cotton inner.
Comfortable to wear, and easy to reuse. What more could you ask for?