As we head into fall with predictions of a possible second wave of COVID-19 potentially happening, we all need to stay vigilant and do our best to combat the spread. The message is clear and simple, keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a mask. Masks are all the range, and the newest fashion accessory to be worn for 2020, so there’s no excuse not to mask up!

Shield Care

These two-layer reusable face masks offer greater protection than a standard cloth mask.
The outside panel is a medical-grade, fluid-proof fabric that provides front line protection and addresses the “spit” factor. A piece of soft, moisture-wicking fabric lines the inside to sit comfortably on the face.

Each face mask is washable and comes with one, five-layer activated carbon replaceable filter that protects against pollen, dust, vehicle emissions, bacteria, and industrial pollution. It’s suggested to replace the carbon filter every week for best use.

Masks are $14.99 each which include 1 filter, many styles in stock including “Pride 2020” and “Love is Love” to choose from or you can also custom design your own fully sublimated mask which will take approximately 3 weeks. Businesses can have their personally branded masks made just for their staff.

Our PM2.5 5-layer activated carbon filters can be inserted in our face masks for greater protection against pollen, dust, vehicle emissions, bacteria, and industrial pollution. We recommend changing your filter once a week. Carbon Filters are also available to purchase for $10 for 10.

You may place your order on and have the option of picking up in Port Hope, Ontario or have them shipped to you directly.

If you have any questions you may reach out to Kim Dobie at 416.529.1118 or


Renowned contemporary womenswear brand, NONIE, announced today the release of new summer colourways for the brand’s existing facemask collection. Ethically made in Canada from 100% upcycled cotton, a sustainable fabric, and lined with a certified SMS fabric, which offers a 99.9% barrier protection to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,  each NONIE mask is part of a buy one, donate one initiative.

They come in a variety of colours, including light pink, bright pink, army green, black, navy, white and floral print masks available exclusively at

“These masks are lined with medical fabrics to ensure the utmost protection against the spread of COVID-19, while being lightweight and breathable,” states Nina Kharey, Creative Director of NONIE.

The lining, a certified SMS fabric, is made of 100% synthetic fibers made of polypropylene, a spunbond network to consist of long, strong and thick polypropylene filaments, and meltblown layers made of short and thin polypropylene microfibers, all to fight airborne and waterborne ingression.

For every mask purchased, NONIE will donate one to organizations in need including the Red Cross, various women’s shelters across Canada, and others. Masks are now available for purchase on their website. Also available on the NONIE e-commerce page are carbon filter inserts for masks, for added protection. The PM2.5 carbon filters are available for purchase in bundles of ten for $13 CDN/$9.25 USD.

The NONIE ready to wear collection has been worn by some of the most influential women in the world, including Meghan Markle, Canada’s First Lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and many more.



NARCES is based in Toronto and have been repurposing materials from their red carpet gowns to create and donate masks with filter pockets to healthcare workers (featured in Vogue). They are creating and donating face masks with pockets for filters to help our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19.  Two or more masks will be donated to local health and care institutions for every mask sold.

NARCES’ masks have multiple layers of fabric, but if you are looking for more protection the recommendations for filters are extra layers of material especially high thread count cotton.  For more information please read on fabric options and testing here. If you decide to purchase a Canada Made filter, please purchase here.

They also have a special Pride inspired collection of masks. Use Code: BUZZxNARCES when ordering and receive 10% off for being a reader of theBUZZ!

Check out this article on what to look for when buying a mask, and scientists have reported they’ve come up with a mask that deactivates the virus. Whatever mask you decide on, now you have plenty of options to choose from for both safety and fashion!

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.