Coronavirus Tips: Reusable Face Masks for Kids and Adults that You Can Buy Online in Singapore
This story was updated on May 20.
As part of Singapore’s Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, it is now mandatory for anyone leaving their residence to wear a mask, unless they are engaged in strenuous activities or travelling alone in a car. While the government has arranged for a complimentary reusable mask to be distributed to every citizen, there are also many options that you can purchase online to add to your rotation.
We've picked out a selection of reusable masks ranging from basic cloth masks to masks that are fitted with filters for increased protection. However, reusable masks are not 100 per cent effective against viruses—basic cotton masks are estimated to provide about between 50 and 60 per cent of filtration efficiency, which can be boosted with the addition of filters—so the best advice is still to stay home in order to #flattenthecurve.
1/14 CYC Made to Measure
With its stores closed due to circuit breaker measures, CYC Made to Measure—one of Singapore’s most esteemed tailors—has temporarily switched to making reusable fabric masks for sale and also for charity. The masks, made with Egyptian cotton and fitted with a washable and removable air filter comes in various sizes for kids, tweens and teens, as well as adults.
CYC Made to Measure is also embarking on a project with the Migrant Workers’ Centre in order to sew 300,000 masks for Singapore’s migrants in distress. Experienced sewers can volunteer to sign up and contribute to the cause.
Available online at CYC Made to Measure.
Made in Korea, Copperline’s masks are made with three layers of porous and environmentally-friendly fabrics, including a patented nano-ionised copper fabric which offers an anti-bacterial function of up to 99 per cent. The mask comes with a cushion nose pad for comfortable wear, and disposable filters can be added for extra protection against tiny particles like PM2.5 and up to 92 per cent of nanoparticles the size of 0.3 microns. The mask comes in navy, pink, charcoal grey, and black. Sizes run from extra small, which fits children from age three, to large for adult men and women.
Available online at KrisShop.
3/14 Mas Gill
A homegrown innovation in response to the global shortage of surgical masks, the Gill Mask is designed for additional protection while reducing mask wastage. Featuring a detachable filter cartridge, the Gill Mask requires just one-sixth of the absorbent material used in a standard surgical mask. The silicone facepiece fits comfortably with space between the nose and mouth, and can also be washed in boiling water to remove contaminants.
Available online at Gill Mask.
Made in Korea, Looka's stylish double-layered masks have been seen on the likes of celebrities including Korean pop idol BamBam from boyband Got7. Made from 88 per cent polyester and 12 per cent polyurethane, the mask is stretchable, reusable and washable, and protects wearers from pollution, smog, and dust particles. Available in small from women and medium for men.
Available online at Ante.
A Singapore-based brand that blends African fabrics with Italian designs, OliveAnkara’s Ankara (100 per cent cotton wax print) face masks are sure to make a statement. Breathable, reusable, washable and reversible, the face masks also feature a pocket which can fit a surgical mask for additional protection. The mask comes in sizes for both kids and adults, and 10 per cent of the proceeds will benefit migrant workers and people in need through local charities.
Available online at OliveAnkara.
Hugely popular Thai fashion label Pomelo is offering reusable masks in sets of three. Certified by Oeko-Tex to be ecologically safe, the masks are created from quick-drying, anti-bacterial cotton that is effective for up to ten washes. The sale of masks is part of the Pomelo Cares initiatives, whereby all proceeds will go towards purchasing medical equipment for organisations and hospitals in need.
Available online at Pomelo.
A Singapore-based fashion label inspired by art, Ans.ein offers three-ply reusable masks created from two layers of cotton and a layer of waterproof fabric to filter out water droplets. Basic designs in black, grey, pink and blue are available in sizes for men, women and kids, while unique designs featuring batik or abstract art prints can be pre-ordered. The brain is embarking on a project to distribute 1,000 reusable masks to front-line workers, and proceeds from each purchase will go towards this effort.
Available online at Ans.ein.
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8/14 Independent Market
A retailer featuring local designers and artists, Independent Market offers 100 per cent cotton fabric masks in fun and creative prints, with a pocket for inserting disposable filters. The fabric used is breathable and hypoallergenic, with an inner gauze layer for comfort. It is available in adult and children sizes.
Available online at Independent Market.
9/14 Sea Apple
Singapore-based childrenswear brand Sea Apple is launching the sale of fabric masks repurposed from past season fabrics to support the Covid Migrant Support Coalition (CMSC). 100 per cent of profits will go towards the fundraiser, which seeks to raise $1 million to provide food and basic necessities for migrant workers. The masks come in three designs, with a pocket for filter inserts and are available in both kid and adult sizes.
Available online at Sea Apple.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Hong Kong-based tech accessories manufacturer Casetify has been at the forefront of contributing to the relief efforts. Founded by Generation T honouree Wesley Ng, the brand first came out with a UV Sanitiser for phones, where 100 per cent of proceeds go towards Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Now, Casetify is also manufacturing reusable cloth masks. For every purchase, one mask is donated to Direct Relief to protect frontline health workers. The stylish masks come in black, white, pink, blue and one that is emblazoned with “#We Are In This Together”. Each cotton mask also comes with two interchangeable filters.
Available online at Casetify.
11/14 The Mighty Company
For those looking to make a fashion statement while staying protected from the virus, cult outerwear label The Mighty Company offers stylish reusable masks in a myriad of colours and patterns. Crafted from their fabric archives, the masks are lined with 100 per cent antimicrobial cotton and finished with glitter stretch nylon straps. The Los Angeles-based brand is also donating one mask to The Midnight Mission homeless shelter in Downtown LA for every mask bought.
Available online at The Mighty Company.
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Sustainable clothing brand Reformation is also offering reusable, double-layered masks. According to Reformation, its lightweight mask—made from 53 per cent viscose and 47 per cent rayon—should be about 70 per cent effective at filtering viral particles in comparison to medical-grade surgical masks.
The sustainable fashion retailer is also partnering with the City of Los Angeles on L.A. Protects to make five million non-medical grade masks for citizens and essential workers, and you can contribute by purchasing a five-pack for donation.
Available online at Reformation.
13/14 Daniel Patrick
Streetwear label Daniel Patrick has put out stylish face masks made from their signature fabrics, which are sure to reel in street fashion lovers. The 100 per cent nylon masks come in unique colour ways from neon lime green to monochrome acid wash. The masks are machine-washable and water-resistant.
Available online at Daniel Patrick.
14/14 Hedley & Bennett
Originally a manufacturer for aprons and other chef gear, California-based Hedley & Bennett has transitioned its sewing lines to support the production of face masks. Developed with a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, its cotton fabric masks are washable, reusable and designed to fit most faces. One mask is donated to front-line workers for every mask purchased.
Available online at Hedley & Bennett.