Masks are quickly becoming mandatory in many parts of the world. In my home town, Melbourne, a face mask must be worn every time you leave the house. So, what are the options when it comes to face coverings?
In this guide, I’ll explain the benefits of using a reusable face mask (as opposed to a disposable one). I’ll also direct you to the best places to buy your mask and link in some DIY guides for anyone who’s feeling crafty.
Why are reusable face masks better?
There are many reasons why you should be using a reusable face mask where you can. Here are some of the main ones:
Single-use, disposable face masks are wasteful and contribute to waste. This is something we really should be considering, even if we are trying to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic.
They’re cheaper than disposable masks
Not only is it a more eco-friendly option, buying or creating your own reusable face mask is also far cheaper. Rather than having to buy new disposable masks every time you run out, you can simply wash your mask and wear it again.
They’re fun and customisable
Masks are quickly becoming mandatory in many parts of the world. In my home town, Melbourne, a face mask must be worn every time you leave the house. If you’re only leaving the house once or twice a week, you may as well have fun with it! Why not make a funky mask you’ll enjoy wearing?
Where can you buy a reusable face mask?
If I have successfully convinced you that reusable face masks are the way to go, you’re probably now wondering where you can purchase one.
If you’re also based in Melbourne, I would highly recommend you purchase your mask from this Giant Steps fundraising site. Not only are the designs really fun and funky, but all proceeds also go towards the Giant Steps School and Therapy Centre.
How to sew a DIY face mask
If you’re strapped for cash or feeling a little craft, there’s also the option to sew your own mask. I’ve made a couple myself using this tutorial which I found really helpful. I personally prefer the design with ties, because the elastic tends to start hurting your ears after a little while.
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