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Where to buy cloth masks online in New Zealand
Take precautions while outside.
Cloth masks are one option to consider if you’re looking for a mask to wear out in public. However, do keep in mind that they are not as effective as an N95 or KN95 mask, and their protection varies with the size of the cloth mesh and quality of the mask.
Where to buy cloth face masks online
Munch Cupboard offers “The Good Facemask” to protect and keep the vulnerable in work. Sewn by their award-winning Homework force using beautiful New Zealand designed fabrics, printed on GOTS certified organic cotton and comes with an elastic nose pieces and webbing tape.
- 100% reusable and washable
- Organic patterned fabric 100% made in NZ
- Adjustable ties to fit the face and molding around the nose
Stocking reusable masks for both kids and adults in a variety of fun patterns, Clear Collective makes it easy to stock up on masks for the whole family.
- Washable and reusable.
- Breathable, comfortable and skin-friendly
- Available in both adults and kids sizes
Online electronics retailer Dick Smith stocks a huge selection of face masks in a variety of plain colours and fun patterns.
- Fast dispatch
- Some items have free shipping
- Other mask types available
THE ICONIC stocks an assorted range of face masks, including washable, cloth options. You can opt for a cloth mask with a filter and personal hygiene pack for additional protection.
- Free delivery to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for orders over $50
- Helpful customer service available via live chat
- 15% student discount on full-priced items
Looking for face masks that are as affordable as they are stylish? This budget fashion site has heaps of options so you can match your mask to your outfit without hurting your wallet.
- Standard shipping $14.99
- 28-day return policy
- Afterpay and Laybuy available
Fashion retailer ASOS stocks a range of cloth masks in stylish designs for men and women. With the purchase of certain masks, the retailer will also donate $2 to Oxfam’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Appeal.
- 10% discount for students
- Free standard delivery for orders over $63
- Buy now, pay later with Afterpay
Missguided is known for stocking the hottest fashion trends at affordable prices, meaning that you’ll find a great range of stylish face masks here.
- 10% student discount
- Standard delivery $14.99
- Express delivery available
There’s a wide selection to choose from on eBay, with a lower chance of selling out of stock than other retailers. Plus, you can even filter your search by guaranteed delivery date if you’re in a hurry to receive your order.
- Good option for buying in bulk
- Some sellers deliver to New Zealand
- Free international shipping on some products
Dorothy Perkins has face coverings for both men and women. The handy packs of two, three or five mean you can wash and wear at the same time.
- Sign up to get 10% off
- Machine washable
Shop for reusable face masks at your favourite British department store, Marks and Spencer (M&S). Renowned for offering high-quality products across virtually all departments and get free shipping to New Zealand.
- Free express shipping to New Zealand on orders over $200
- High-quality products across virtually all departments
- Excellent delivery tracking system
Will a cloth mask protect me?
While a cloth mask won’t guarantee the same level of effectiveness as an N95 or KN95 mask with a valve, the cloth is there to prevent moisture from breathing and coughing from travelling too far in the air. According to KK Cheng, a public health expert at the University of Birmingham, “It’s not to protect yourself. It’s to protect people against the droplets coming out of your respiratory tract.”
Wearing a cloth mask can at least help you from spreading the virus to others. As you look for masks online, be wary of scams. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to equipment shortages, especially N95 masks. Some unscrupulous sellers are selling fakes to try to profit from the situation. 3M, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of masks, offers a tool to check if a product is genuine.
You can find cloth masks at several retailers listed above.
How to make your own cloth mask
If cloth or N95 masks are hard to find or out of stock online, consider sewing your own. Guides like this one from the New York Times outline the steps that can have you wearing a cloth mask in an hour or two. If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, shoelaces, scissors, and a needle and thread, you can make a mask without additional supplies.
How to remove your mask properly
First, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you’re ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask – it could be contaminated. Instead, remove it by pulling the bottom strap over the back of your head, followed by the top strap. Discard the mask, and then wash your hands.
What’s the difference between P2, N95 and KN95 face masks?
The difference lies in the testing requirements for each country of origin. P2 masks adhere to European testing requirements, KN95 to Chinese requirements and N95 masks follow US guidelines. All offer nearly the same level of protection, according to a study by respirator company 3M.
When should I replace my cloth mask?
Disposable masks should be discarded at the end of the day. Cloth masks can be washed and dried for repeated use.
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