With the start to 2020 we’ve had, there’s no doubt there are plenty of people…
While mask-wearing is not yet compulsory in the ACT, recent research has shown that wearing a mask can stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
With our horrifically smoky summer, Canberrans are probably familiar with the sorts of masks that filter out toxins and particles like the P2 and N95 masks that protected us in the smoke haze. But the face coverings now mandated in Victoria are very different to these.
Confused? Here’s a great explainer article from the ABC that lays out the type of masks and face coverings mandated in Victoria as well as dispelling some of the myths around wearing masks.
There’s also this graphic from the World Health Organisation.
So, what we really need are non-medical fabric masks that can be washed or sanitised between uses, which means you’ll be wanting something reusable. So why not shop local?
Here are some Canberra businesses making reusable facemasks so you can support local while staying safe. Are you a Canberra business we’ve missed? Email us at email@example.com.
Known for her striking special occasion and bridal millinery, Sovata‘s Jade Sargent is now focusing on a very different type of headwear.
With her colourful fabric facemasks flying off the shelves of Dickson’s Trove Canberra and a long list of custom backorders, we encourage you to follow Sovata’s social media channels if you’d like to snag yourself one.
Purchase them from Trove Canberra, 25 Dickson Place, Dickson. Click here for opening times.
$15 per mask with a variety of sizes available
Eco Creations‘ Darren and Noa Le Roux make products to help people make more sustainable lifestyle choices, such as beeswax wraps and produce bags and products that are made of sustainable resources such as salvaged wood.
However, given the current health environment, reusable face masks also fall into this category.
Purchase them online via private Facebook message. Contactless pick up from Queanbeyan or postage available.
$5 per mask with a variety of sizes available.
Happy JP Designs
Why not sport a facemask created with gorgeous Japanese cotton kimono fabric?
While they’re known for their intricate Japanese mizuhiki paper cord jewellery, Happy JP Designs is now making masks from colourful cottons that have an inner pocket for a filter if required.
$24.70 + postage, purchase via Etsy with a variety of sizes available
Made by Maddi
Created by Braidwood-based Maddi, who is currently at home with four-month-old Aubree, as a way to help protect her hairdresser mother, Made by Maddi masks come in a range of eye-catching patterns.
Triple-layered with cotton front and back and polyester interface in the middle, Maddi also makes a range of custom pram and trolley liners and bibs.
To order call 0488 421 435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One size. $15 per mask+ $9.20 postage
Darkies Designs is the brainchild of Canberra-based Indigenous entrepreneur Dion Devow which offers streetwear as well as On Country uniforms for schools and organisations.
And, to create a conduit between city and country in these tough times, Dion is now selling face masks which are handmade by a collective of Indigenous women in northern NSW.
To order, contact Michelle at email@example.com
One size. $15 each
Bow Sew Magical
Cute as a button and just as colourful, Bow Sew Magical creates colourful bows, headbands, hair ties—and now masks!
With sizes for kids and adults and matching hair bow and mask sets available, this is about as cute as safety can get.
Various sizes. Masks range from $8-10 with a third layer of cotton available to be added for $2.
Based in Dickson, SETT Living makes triple-layer reusable masks with nose wire for a closer fit.
Available in a range of adorable prints—from French bulldogs to lorikeets—you can be safe and stylish.
$15 per mask + shipping, order via their website.
Three sizes available.
Brie’s Boo Teek
With an extensive collection of handmade baby accessories like bibs, swaddles and change mats, Brie’s Boo Teek is much more than just facemasks.
But if you’re after washable facemasks, you’ve come to the right place.
$13-16 + postage with four sizes available, including children’s. Order via the website.
The Dressmaker’s Daughter
The Dressmaker’s Daughter is a mother/daughter duo (Anna, The Dressmaker and Natalia, The Daughter) from England who moved to Canberra in 2015.
Normally stocking colourful scrunchies, bags and pet bandanas, Anna and Natalia have started to make two and three-layer facemasks with a variety of colourful fabrics available.
$25 per mask + free delivery in Canberra or $5 postage within Australia with four sizes available. Message via Etsy, Instagram or Facebook to order.