Not only have face masks become a necessity, but now they’re also a fashion accessory. If you’re going out and about for any reason, make sure you’ve got one packed away in your póca or your bag, and why not support Irish businesses whilst doing so. It really shouldn’t be something you have to think twice about at this point; wearing a mask is mandatory in so many places around Dublin and around Ireland, and for good reason. They are now obligatory on public transport, in supermarkets and whilst doing any sort of shopping and I whole-heartedly support this.
Protect your future. Wear a mask.
With this ongoing pandemic, fashionable styles are all the rage, and thankfully most people are covering their nose and mouth responsibly and I commend them! I am also doing my bit by wearing my reusable face mask when in any shop, supermarket or around too many people where social distancing isn’t as easy, and I really hope you love bugs are doing the same. Don’t forget to wash yours at or above 40 degrees to reuse and also do your bit for the environment!
Y’all know I love to support Irish businesses where possible too, and whilst getting my Dad a few new ones, I came across a whole range of wonderful Irish ladies and gents who are creating reusable face masks with a charitable donation.
Staying safe and protecting myself and others is still very important to me during this pandemic. IT’S NOT OVER YET! Wearing a face mask helps protect us and prevents passing on traces of COVID-19, and in my books that’s a hella good thing.
Be sure you know how to wear a non-medical mask correctly!
Please note the below masks are not medical grade, nor are they intended for medical PPE.
Irish Linen House
The face masks by Irish Linen House are made sustainably from 100% Irish linen making them soft and suitable for sensitive skin. Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic, they’re comfortable and breathable. Each mask is a double layered linen designed with elasticated loops that sit behind your ears. Naturally dirt-repellent, Irish Linen House’s masks are washable and reusable. Plus a percentage from the sale of each mask will be donated to two local charities, The Capuchin Day Centre For Homeless and Depaul, while there is FREE shipping within Europe!
Buy yours from €19 at Irish Linen House. Charitable donations to The Capuchin Day Centre For Homeless and Depaul.
Known for his extravagant and gorgeous dresses, Irish designer Eamonn McGill has created a range of unisex face masks and coverings for the style lovers. Each face mask is made up of two layers of 97% cotton jersey fabric with one layer of scuba fabric, with a great range of prints available. Some masks have elastics that sit on your ears, while others go around the back of your head – I’ve found these more secure. For each face covering sold, together with Trendy Beauty Distribution, they will be donating a percentage to their chosen charity The Simon Community.
Buy yours from €22.50 at Trendy Beauty Distribution. Charitable donations to The Simon Community.
Designing beautiful masks for women and men, Aideen Bodkin has created Masks That Matter, an iniative selling sustainable cotton barrier masks to be used as an added layer of protection in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The masks are made of 100% cotton, and are breathable and reuasble that feature elastics to fit around your ear perfectly. Not only a pretty mask, part of the proceeds from each sale will be donated and split between Irish charities The Irish Hospice Foundation, The Marie Keating Foundation and Trócaire.
Buy yours from €12 at Aideen Bodkin. Charitable donations to Irish Hospice Foundation, The Marie Keating Foundation and Trócaire.
Masks For ALONE
Irish Leaving Certificate students Caoimhe and Rachael have made face masks with a charitable initiave for elderly charity ALONE. Their face maks are made from cotton, lined and are available in a variety of colours, prints and for both adults and kids (up to age 9). As a fellow ALONE charity fundraiser, it’s wonderful that 50% of proceeds are donated to this worthy cause especially at this time when Ireland’s elderly at most at risk. The girls are selling masks for €5 each or 3 for €10.
Buy yours from €5 via Caoimhe and Rachel’s Google Form. Charitable donations to ALONE.
We Make Good
Face masks that are made from new cotton or linen, We Make Good are a wonderful initiative in that the masks are not only made by women from a refugee background but for every mask you buy, you also donate one to someone living in Direct Provision. All surplus from the sale of masks will be used to develop The Textile Studio, an initiative to support women from a refugee or criminal justice background to attain long term employment. Reusable and machine washable, their face masks are available for adults and kids.
Buy yours from €10 at We Make Good. Charitable donations to The Textile Studio.
County Clare-based design brand, Moon Mood create a number of lovely adult and children’s face masks that also give back to charity. 10% of each face mask sale will be donated to Clarehaven, a great charity that support women and children in Ireland who are experiencing domestic abuse. Made from two layers of 100% combed high-quality cotton fabric, their range of prints and designs will brighten up your daily.
Buy yours from €8 at Moon Mood. Charitable donations to Clarehaven.
Sew Fun Studios
Joanne of Sew Fun Studios makes face masks that are not only stylish but give back to our hard-working Frontline Workers too. The fabric face masks are also available for both adults and kids – and two different age groups for the little ones too!
Buy yours from €8 at Sew Fun Studios. Charitable donations to Frontline Workers.
At Chou’s Cottage, there are a range of adorable children’s face masks that range from ages 2-12. Designed in Portlaois and made of organic cotton, they feature two ties at the back of the head for comfort, whilst covering your child’s nose and mouth areas. Plus the profit from each mask sold will be donated to LauraLynn Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Buy yours from €7.50 at Chou’s Cottage. Charitable donations to LauraLynn Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Starting their project with the purpose of donating 10% of sales to North West Hospice Sligo, Masks4U offer a huge range of high quality and fashionable styles of face masks. There are masks for women, men and kids as well as plain ones to match school uniforms!
Buy yours from €4.50 at Masks4U. Charitable donations to North West Hospice Sligo.
Irish designer Jennifer Rothwell has taken up face mask designing, and they are just gorgeous! She’s already known for her vibrant prints, but these triple-layered, 100% silk masks add chic to your mask game in an instant. Each mask features silk lining and an adjustable toggle, so you can properly adjust it to fit your face. Adults and kids sizes are available, and 10% of profits are donated to Capuchin Day Centre.
Buy yours from €17 at Jennifer Rothwell. Charitable donations to Capuchin Day Centre.
Natalie B. Coleman
Another great Irish designer, Natalie B. Coleman designs and offers a range of fashionable face masks, that verge on haute couture. Pleated and frilled silk, loom-woven, with large ties at the back of your head as well as more simplistic styles, some masks feature a pocket in the inner layer for an optional filter to be placed. In addition, a share of profits goes to Women’s Aid, Dublin.
Buy yours from €25 at Natalie B. Coleman. Charitable donations to Women’s Aid, Dublin.
Handmade by Hexe
At Handmade by Hexe, you’ll discover a range of reusable face masks that are colourful, stylish and practical. Triple-layered, these masks feature elastics that go around your head rather than your ears for extra security. From here, you will help provide masks for the Frontline Workers across Ireland. This is because part of each sale is donated to buy fabric and supplies for the Masks 4 All Ireland Project. Plus you’ll automatically receive a 10% discount when you buy 4 or more masks!
Buy yours from €10 at Handmade by Hexe. Charitable donations to Masks 4 All Ireland Project.
NIM x IT GALZ
NIM (formerly Niamh McCabe) is an Irish designer with the coolest of attitide and style, and she’s translated her talents to face masks. Each mask features two layers of fabric, with 100% natural cotton making it soft against the skin, a black cotton lining to avoid makeup and fake tan staining, as well as ribbon and adjustable elastic tie options available. Though NIM offers a few different styles for adults and kids, her special NIM x IT GALZ collaboration face masks will donate 15% of proceeds to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
Buy yours from €20 at NIM. Charitable donations to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
Although not all brands have a charitable side to their sales, there are still other great Irish brands to support.
Stable of Ireland
Known for their high quality materials and textures, Stable of Ireland have taken to making face masks using Irish linen. Their masks are available in Medium and Large sizes, whilst being super comfortable, easy to wear and reusable. There’s even a nose wrap feature that helps stop your glasses fogging up with added protection against airborne droplets! And they offer FREE shipping!
Buy yours from €20 at Stable of Ireland.
At RashR, their mission is to create environmentally friendly products whilst being sustainably focused and relentlessly creative. Made from recycled Polyester, these face masks are a hyper-resistant yet soft and breathable fabric that’s been developed from Reclaimed Ocean Waste. A wide cover of your nose and mouth areas, each mask has a cool print with ear loops, and comes with a PM 2.5 filter for maximum comfort, breathability and safety.
Buy yours from €19.99 at RashR.
Made of 100% cotton and made in Ireland, Face It face masks offer a range of designs from €13, or you can bulk up and buy a Weekly Pack for €60 (or share the love and give some to your friends & family). They have different colours and styles for women and men, whilst all masks are washable and reusable to save on the environment.
Buy yours from €13 at Face It.
Irish Sock Society
Want something even more Irish? Well then the Irish Sock Society’s “Howya” cotton masks are the answer. For sale at €4 each, they come in adults and kids sizes, while if you order 10 or more in one go you can avail of FREE shipping! Washable and reusable, the masks also feature cotton loops instead of elastic for a soften touch on the ears.
Buy yours from €4 at Irish Sock Society.
Artist and fashion designer Helen Steele took on designing face masks with her signature prints. The face masks are each breathable, adjustable and machine washable, made from a cotton and polyster combo with ear loops that sit comfortably on your ears. Helen’s designed masks are now available at Dunnes Stores nationwide too.