Face masks – how can you support our community?
17 days Ago| Blogs
Masks are now mandatory in Victoria. 😷
Don’t know about you – but we aren’t really endeared with sewing skills to make our own.
We have searched high and low for sustainable masks that help people in-need or support local businesses.
Check out what we have found:
1. The Mask Project
The Mask Project’s mission is to give every Australian access to washable and reusable face masks.
They have re-purposed a custom car interior and upholstery business in Tullamarine to produce their washable and reusable face masks. They have also re-purposed an alterations and suits business in Essendon to make masks.
For every 10 masks sold they donate a mask to someone in the community that cannot afford to buy one.
2. Mask Makery
Mask Makery was created to help Aussies who have lost their jobs in the current crisis to earn income by sewing washable, face covers.
They’re an ethical, eco-friendly, option for non-medical use masks.
40% of each bundle sold goes to an Aussie who has been impacted financially by recent job loss. Have a look, they have cute patterns.
Sister works is a not-for-profit social enterprise “Handmade with Love in Melbourne” that supports women who are migrants, asylum seekers or refugees to become financially independent and happily settle in Australia.
They sell handmade, reusable face masks. New stock is added daily to keep up with demand.
4. The Social Outfit
The Social Outift are madly sewing B1-G1 masks. B1-G1 stands for Buy one, Give one. They are teaming up with charity partners to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are being provided with masks.
For each mask that you buy, one will be donated to a person in need.
5. The Social Studio
The Social Studio is a not-or-profit social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of young Australians who come from refugee or migrant backgrounds and who may have experienced barriers to accessing education and/or securing employment.
They have re-directed their efforts to making face masks for the community at cost price.
6. Humanism Global
Humanism Global’s is a Melbourne start-up company. It aims to eliminate poverty, one job at a time by creating safe jobs for marginalised people to earn a sustainable income. They currently work with marginalised women in Pondicherry (South India), who face social and cultural barriers. This prevents them from having access to dignified education and employment, hence, a lack of sustainable income.
Human Global create jobs so that humans can earn a living for themselves. The women create ethical event merchandise. Today they are also making face masks.
7. Second Stitch
Second stitch is a not-for-profit social enterprise that supports refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum. They are sewing fabric face masks.
8. Here and There Makers
Here and There Makers care for the people and the planet by selling zero waste, upcycled, fair trade and handmade products created both locally and globally. They focus on sustainability and reducing waste output.
100% of their profits go to fund the workshop space for Days of Girls in Ferntree Gully. Days of Girls provide sustainable sanitary hygiene kits, health education and micro enterprise to women in need around the world while educating and enabling our community to have a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
They sell face masks DIY kits (yes you need sewing skills) and also face masks already sewn for you (phew).
9. Buxton Hanley
Buxton Hanley’s mission is to curate a range of high quality lifestyle products that are produced sustainably and ethically, and make a positive contribution to the environment and society. Each of the brands they represent has eco-friendliness and upliftment at its core and is committed to quality.
Buxton Hanley supply products made in Africa and South Africa, but shipping within Australia is quite prompt.
10. Two Tiny Wonders
An Australian based, family business selling beautiful goodies for your tiny ones, has taken to making reusable and washable cotton masks. The masks are environmentally friendly and super comfortable to wear. They also make children’s masks.
“We are paving the way for a new era in the textile industry by offering premium products made from organically grown and ethically made cotton, creating a positive impact on the people and the planet. We encourage you to make thoughtful consumer purchases” Vinita, the founder of Bhumi. Bhumi make top quality, sustainable products including bed linen, bath towels and now masks. The masks are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are all made in ethical Fairtrade factories.
12. Alperstein Design
Alperstein Design is a company that provides a unique range of lifestyle products for the tourism and gift industry. Its works are designed in Australia. They are currently making face masks from 100% cotton featuring Aboriginal artwork.
Just so you know – we have no affiliation with any of these organisations or companies.
We have done our research to find masks that support our community. We have not done our usual testing of any masks nor can vouch for their quality. But let’s unite and help out, where we can.
Would love to hear if you’ve found any other businesses doing the same; ones with similar aims in mind.