It seems almost cruel that the trend for huge hoop earrings has come around right when they present a logistical nightmare. Trust us when we say from experience that masks and hoops do not a merry friendship make.


Nonetheless, with masks already obligatory in shops in Scotland, and becoming mandatory by law in England from July 24 and in Wales from July 27, getting your hands – or rather, face – on one now is crucial.


But while there’s no shortage of face covering options out there, not all masks are created equal. From harmful plastics to throwaway single-use options that only add to our waste problem, many could be helping you at the expense of our climate.


As such, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite sustainable options, making inventive use of fabric offcuts, providing essential charitable support and, happily, looking pretty damn good to boot…


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