Ethical and Sustainable Reusable Face Masks Handmade by Canadian Designers

I wasn’t sure if I should do this post, but it looks like the demand for reusable face masks isn’t going away anytime soon. Even if we beat COVID-19, mask-wearing might still become the norm like in some Asian countries. So if we’re going to wear non-medical grade masks, they might as well be cute and sustainable. The reusable masks I chose are handmade by indie Canadian designers. The masks are machine washable, although I would recommend handwashing those with nose bridge wires.

The designs I curated are floral heavy, but I included unisex design options and noted when kids sizes are offered.

Let’s continue to save the medical-grade masks for frontline workers. Remember that wearing non-medical masks do not prevent COVID-19 alone. Keep social distancing and washing your hands. Mask wearing is recommended when it’s impossible to keep a 2-metre distance from other people in places such as stores or public transit.

Rightful Owner‘s floral and gingham cotton face masks are made with vintage and deadstock fabrics.

A Bronze Age offers matching scrunchies with their feminine face masks, which features filter pocket liners and wire for nose bridges. Available in kids size. You can also get the mask solo.

Hayley Elsaesser‘s quilted jersey masks feature her signature colorful prints and designs. 20% of net proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter Toronto.

Simones Rose Boutique‘s adorable Babushka print quilted cotton face masks comes with a nose bridge wire and a slot to insert a filter. Available in 3 sizes.

Encircled offer 3- or 5-packs of black masks made from a blend of GOTS-certified cotton and recycled polyester. Each includes an inside pouch for a filter insert or additional layer of fabric. You can also donate a pack of masks.

Hannah Isolde’s 2-layer cotton masks have the sweetest details.

Eve Gravel‘s abstract-print cotton face masks have adjustable straps. They donate a percentage of its mask sales to several humanitarian organizations.

Jennifer Glasgow‘s masks are are made with high quality cotton and lined with organic cotton. Includes a pouch to add a filter. Also available in kids sizes.

Miik offers affordable masks for personal use and to donate. Each mask contains a pocket to insert a disposable filter.

Ellie Mae Studio‘s masks are handsewn in Canada and uses Liberty of London cotton from Britain. Includes a pocket for a filter insert and adjustable ear loop ties.

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