Now that masks have become part of everyday life, it’s no surprise that they’ve also become quite the fashion statement – with camo, coloured and even tie-dye versions hitting the market. But when you consider that the majority of masks being worn are single-use and disposable – with approximately 129 billion face masks thrown away each month, according to Green Matters – it’s about time that we all did something about it.
In today’s eco-woke times, wearing a disposable, one-time-use mask is no different from printing paper irresponsibly, using plastic bags excessively or asking for a plastic straw (!) from restaurants. And now that more brands are producing reusable masks that offer the same level of protection as standard surgical masks (or better), there’s really no excuse.
Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of locally produced, high-quality reusable face masks in Hong Kong. From breathable, single-layered masks to those with built-in filters, here are five of the best we’ve found so far:
Popular among Hong Kong’s fitness community but equally chic in the workplace, Aveita’s thin, stretchy and reusable masks are treated with an antimicrobial finish called UltraFresh that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. The seamless design is comfortable to wear and stays sleek due to its single-layered, filterless design.
A new business that pivoted from the undergarment industry, Aveita’s masks are available in twilight blue, desert green, cosmic black and a limited-edition pink colourway for breast cancer awareness month.
Price: HK$100 per mask; reusable up to 30 times
Available on aveita.com