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There are many online tutorials showing how to make face covers – but some people would still prefer to buy one, rather than get crafty at home.
Face coverings can be a scarf, piece of cloth or mask. The good news is multiple brands are now selling them in various styles and prints online. These are different to the surgical masks or respirators that healthcare workers wear.
The aim of face covers is to achieve “source control” – you’re stopping your germs spreading to other people, and if other people wear them, they’re preventing their germs from spreading to you. There is also some evidence emerging to suggest they can help protect the wearer.
Now it’s been announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops in England from July 24, you might be thinking about buying your own. Especially as those deemed to be breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £100.
Here are a handful of online retailers manufacturing and selling face covers in the UK.
Plumo’s offering of handmade face covers are made from four layers of organic linen and come with elasticated ear loops – this is good, as experts agree that multiple layers of material is best. They’re washable at 90 degrees, reusable, and £10 each. For every sale, Plumo will donate to the ‘Masks 4 Heroes’ crowdfunding campaign providing PPE to NHS frontline staff.
The online fashion brand is selling different styles of face cover for women – for £5 each, but these are currently in the sale – and other styles for men. A percentage of all sales will be donated to charity.
The designer is making a range of face covers in different colours, as well as different prints, such as gingham, marble and floral. Masks are £12 each and come with elastic ties to secure them around the back of your head. They are machine washable.
The brand has manufactured a huge range of face covers in a variety of colours and designs – expect speckle fade, camo and tie-dye prints. There are larger face covers for adults and smaller-sized masks for kids. Prices start from £11.99, and you can also buy packs of three.
Plenty of independent designers on Etsy have turned their hand to mask-making during lockdown. Try CharleyLouDesigns, who has a range of designs to choose from, or double-layered cotton face covers from KayleighBakkerDesign.
Ally x Heroes
Protect yourself, others and the NHS with a limited edition ‘Protect The NHS’ face covering. Designed exclusively in collaboration with NHS workers charity HEROES, 100% of profits go directly to support the charity’s mission and protect frontline workers. Face covers are made from a nanofiber material with high filtration and come with a bag to store them in. They cost £15 each.