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Cotton On Foundation: Reusable Washable KN90 PM2.5 Filter Face Mask $9.99 In-store ($3 Click & Collect, $7 Delivery) @ Cotton On


update: now In Select Stores and 3-for-$25 3-for-$20

Free Click & Collect with $35+ orders / Free Delivery with $60+ orders

Cashback: ShopBack 6.3% 5%, Cashrewards 5% 4.9%

online only - not expected to be in-store until mid-October

standard adult size (14cm x 23cm):

small size (12.5cm x 21.5cm) - suitable for children (4 years +):

Made from cotton, each mask fits comfortably with adjustable elastic straps. These masks are tested to a KN90 standard and filter at least 90% of airborne particles down to pm2.5. They’re able to filter particles including general pathogens and air pollution.

  • Not for medical use
  • Cotton
  • Dimensions: W 14cm x L 23cm
  • Breathable PTFE membrane
  • Reusable
  • Hand wash in warm water after each use and air dry

All proceeds contribute to empowering youth through quality education and access to healthcare, including vaccinations, pre and antenatal care, the distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and HIV treatment and prevention.⁣⁣

This is a Charity Product - No Change of Mind Returns

https://masks4all.co My Mask Protects You, Your Mask Protects Me.

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  • +3

    …reusable & rewashable is the way to go 👍👍
    (not sure if these are the ones to go for though judging on comments here)

    • +3

      Unless you work in certain types of business that only allow disposable masks.

  • +67

    $3 for click n collect? What a genius marketing idea.

    • …uh oh. thats cheeky

      • Someone has to walk around, pick up your order, put it aside etc.

        so not unreasonable.

        • +15

          Most retail stores will happily help check stock and put things aside for customers who call - free of charge of course.

          This is a cash grab, especially with a minimum of $35. I suppose it's the cost of not being forced to wander aimlessly in their store and pick up a few more things along the way while trying to find that single item.

          • @YuMaNuMa: I believe the items are packed in the warehouse and sent to stores. They're not taken from stores stock.

    • +3

      Kmart, Target and a few others do this as well under a certain cap I believe.
      Coles and Woolworths have a minimum pick up order amount.

      • Woolies is $30, which I 1st found when ordering/C&C the rgb globe deal.
        Not a big deal, not hard to get other stuff to meet the requirement.
        I shop their anyway.

    • +37

      I like this as much as I like paying a fee to Ticketek or Event cinemas to physically pick up my tickets

      • +18

        Or the $9 fee for getting the system to automatically email it to you. Ticketek are the wrost.

      • Doubt you'll be paying too many fees to Tiketek anytime soon. ;)

    • -3

      The stores don't have stock. You order it and they're delivered to the store. So the $3 is to cover that cost.

      • +20

        That’s a moot point…
        Stock always gets delivered to stores, so click and collect orders should be added onto the store’s pre-existing replenishment run.

        This is a cash grab. We really shouldn’t be supporting this.

    • Free C&C if spend > $35

  • +53

    How many companies charge for click and collect? That seems a bit greedy

    • …a cycling retailer i use does it for their ebay orders only, but thats the only time ive seen it implemented

    • +16

      From what I heard, Cotton On sales have been booming during this covid period. Much better than for the same period last year. So to charge $3 for click and collect is just disgusting.

      • +2

        Being disgusted seems rather extreme

      • I’ve heard different.

        They closed all their retail stores for quite a few weeks.
        I can’t see a lot of people needing to buy extra clothes with a lot of people working from home.

        Would like a link if you have one.

        • No link. Just heard from office staff. Online sales have been killing it the whole time. Whilst retail stores were closed, staff had to go to the stores to get stock in the end to fulfill online orders. Trackies, yoga wear and other exercise clothing were in massive demand.

    • +4

      Kmart charges $3 on orders <$20

      • -1

        Yep cotton on its orders under $35 ….dealing with a $10 item as C&C during vivid would be a hassle as the shops are on reduced staff who also need to look for shop lifters while getting C&C orders with less staff …

        Or just buy across counter …..

        • Actually they did keep a lot of their casual staff as they are all on job keeper. That will probably change with the next round due to increase in sales. However as with a lot of companies from what I have been hearing, the casuals who are only working a day or two and are making more from job keeper are coming up with all sorts of excuses not to work, including stress from working in the shop because of covid, some are claiming autoimmune problems (without cert and not required by work yet), and others are taking the covid test so they don't have to work. Its a shame when people are losing their jobs, and these people are scamming the system.

          • +7

            @Sammyboy: A few bad apples sure, but don't be conned. The system was designed as a covid stimulus, they knew that casuals and those on less money would end up with more money than they usually get, same reason jobseeker was doubled over the same period. After tax, jobseeker with no job search requirements and jobkeeper were about $100 - $200 different depending on rent assistance.

            It's a convenient narrative for the next stage to 'tighten up' the scheme the stop the 'bludgers', but just remember that is all just sweeter to help the medicine go down, which is reduced stimulus to both programs. Not saying reducing the stimulus is a bad decision, just don't get too swept up in the all casuals are taking the money for nothing sweetener they are using to sell the reduction.

            • @OzzyBrak: I should have said "some" casuals. I will correct that

          • @Sammyboy: i think a lot are just kids working part time …. haven't seem too many shop staff wearing genuine rolexes.

            just people on a spreadsheet as companies look to keep cash flow going with minimal effort and why risk paying job keeper, get it wrong you have to give the money or try and get it back from staff ….lots of shops closed at Southland, and I doubt companies are good hearted enough to pay casual staff at home …..take Qantas and they have billions in the bank …… people are commodities and they will send an email when flights go back and rehire, or replace ……

          • +1

            @Sammyboy: Do you have any actual evidence of this that hasn't been pulled from thin air like main stream media has been putting out there?

            I'm 28 with friends from 19-32 years old and I don't know a single person who is "refusing" to work or making up excuses not to work. The ones getting JobKeeper for doing nothing are those with stores who haven't re-opened, or there's not enough business to justify making all their employees come in to do bugger all.

            I'm on JobKeeper and my boss asked me to work less than I usually do, not more.

            • @BradH13: Yes from someone in the company. Actually a few companies that I am in direct contact with head office staff. Its been a headache. Obviously these few bad apples wont be given shifts later on. There are other companies, where the casuals are bored shitless and and want more work time (due to the increased payments) as they are on job keeper and there just isnt any extra work for them. So there are many people out there doing the right thing.

    • +2

      Well the item may not be in stock at local stores. It costs money.

    • Kmart, Target and other others do it under a set value.
      It no different for a minimum value for free delivery as it all costs them sledding to process your click and collect order.

    • Lots. Especially if the stock isn't at the store and it needs to be delivered from other stores or their stock dept. Which is the case for these masks.

    • -1

      believe TARGET was - no wonder soon RIP

    • I think y'all are missing this part:
      "All proceeds contribute to empowering youth through quality education and access to healthcare, including vaccinations, pre and antenatal care, the distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and HIV treatment and prevention."

      It's a charity product- they're not profiting. I think it's OK to let the $3 slide in this instance.

  • +20

    tested to a KN90 standard

    implies China-made. Plenty of Australian upstarts making own, trying to get by through unemployment and underemployment - I’d rather support them. Cotton On should too.

    • +2

      examples of similar masks?

      • +2

        Masks are similar to masks. Try https://heroeswearmasks.com.au/

        • +1

          thanks - 4pk $45 + $10 shipping - no filter rating stated?

          • @tonester: Victorian Government has made recommendations about mask materials. Above Australian upstart writes “3 layer masks are made of 2 outer layers of 220gsm woven fabric with a central layer of spun bond polypropylene.” (I’m unassociated.)

            • +5

              @AlexF: 220gsm is fabric weight - no indication of pore size

              PM2.5 KN90 is a filter rating - 90% filtration of 2.5 micron particles

              • -9

                @tonester: Try re-reading my first sentence in that post.

                • +5

                  @AlexF: i'm aware about the general effectiveness of masks and materials

                  proper filters state at least a pore size if not effectiveness rating

                  unlike some other reuseable/washable masks with polypropylene or PTFE membranes, the cotton on one has a tested filtration rating

                  https://masks4all.co My Mask Protects You, Your Mask Protects Me.

                  • +3

                    @tonester: Considering its not a sealed mask, the filter rating is mostly meaningless on these kind of things. It's not meant to stop and airborne virus, it's meant to stop larger globs of liquid.

                    • +2


                      Considering its not a sealed mask, the filter rating is mostly meaningless on these kind of things.

                      what do you mean by not a sealed mask?

                      KN90 is a respirator/mask standard that includes a human fit test, and is not just the performance of the filter membrane alone

                      It's not meant to stop and airborne virus, it's meant to stop larger globs of liquid.

                      yes, at a minimum, masks such as the cotton on one should capture droplets of its wearer

        • +1

          Thanks bought some

          • @Quantumcat: Good on you, True Blue. Undoubtedly, the Australian who made your mask is grateful, as would be his/her family, and his/her community.

            • @AlexF: TBH the "heroes wear masks" ones look like a much better design and more comfortable, as they do up with head ties instead of sitting on your ears.

    • +27

      You mean a company that specialises in importing and selling Chinese crap is selling Chinese masks? Who knew.

      • +2

        Everyone knew, but they can do better when there’s local alternative. Anyway, the onus is on Australians supporting their unemployed and underemployed neighbours, not on a global corporation.

        • +13

          Where are 3m masks made? Get off your high horse.
          If you want to support local go for it but at the same time no need to bash a store that employees locals and support local jobs.
          Where are locals buying the material from? Where is it sourced from?

          • +1


            store that employees locals and support local jobs.

            retail is fickle - it’s only “supporting local jobs” as long as feasible. Unemployed and underemployed Australian are left when they close-up and move on.

            • +9

              @AlexF: So don't buy from an Australian company which employs 1000s of locals because retail is fickle and those 1000s of locals could lose their job if the company loses business (cos people don't buy from them)?

              Oxy moron much mate.

              • +2

                @Easygoingjoe: I suggest Australians buy from Australians who - source (from), manufacture (in) and retail (anywhere) in Australia. Just in case it’s not clear, I’m an Australian, advocating for Australia.

                • +9

                  @AlexF: That's all good mate, but you're discriminating Aussie companies which employ thousands of Australians. I wouldn't call that advocating for Australia.

                  • -4

                    @Easygoingjoe: With support, an Australian upstart can grow to become an employer of “thousands of Australians.” Holden?

          • @Watchandlisten:

            Where are 3m masks made?

            All my 3M masks are made from the US.
            Privately, my family is important to me. I will not buy any PPE that are/were manufactured in China/PRoC.
            We are waiting for the arrival of an order of Australian-made re-usable/washable face masks.

            • @sanmigueelbeer: where did you buy them from?

              • +1

                @seamonkey: Got a 3M-branded half-faced re-useable respirator and the disposable N95 respirator from the same place. It was cheap before this pandemic blew up.

                Just want to let people know 3M is not the only manufacturer monopolizing the N95 face masks/respirators. Honeywell also makes disposable respirators but they're P2/N95.
                * Right now, these disposable respirators are not cheap. Just pointing the links out to show product sample and not due to "bargain".
                * Not sure the country of manufacture of the Honeywell-branded product(s).

                • @sanmigueelbeer: Does that respirator have an exhaust valve?

                  • @9839002: Yes, both do.

                    • @sanmigueelbeer: So they're basically useless then when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus.

                      • +2


                        So they're basically useless then when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus.

                        NOTE: I don't care what mask I'm wearing, if and when I get tested positive, I'm staying at home for the next two weeks.

                        1. If worn correctly (like the "blue" is facing out and not in) face masks Intended to protect the work environment (including patients) from substances expelled by the wearer. I wear the respirator because I want to be protected from getting droplets from someone else.

                        2. We got the respirators, particularly the half-face (re-usable) respirator for the 2020 bushfire in Canberra. I believe, and I could be wrong, using this for COVID-19 is suitable.

                        3. Like I said in my previous response, we are awaiting the arrival of washable Australian-made face masks — which we will be using when going about.

                        4. I'm not saying "go buy 3M (or any brand of) respirators". The intention of my first response is to let everyone know 3M is not the only manufacturer in the world that has a monopoly of respirators and face masks.

                        5. Just found this article from the Health Department (LINK), page 5, which states This evidence is supported by several systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that have shown that surgical masks and particulate filter respirators provide equivalent protection against respiratory viral infections, with modes of transmission likely to be similar to those of COVID-19 (41-43). We got one 3M 6000-series half face respirator with 60926 (NIOSH-42C) cartridge filter (refer to Table 2, page 12 of the same document).

                        If someone knows any better, please do so. I stand corrected in my understanding.
                        And apologies for a long post.

                        • @sanmigueelbeer: Great points,

                          To add on point #5,

                          •"N95 or similar respirators might be associated with greater reduction in risk than medical or 12–16-layer cotton masks), but the studies had important limitations (recall bias, limited information about the situations when respirators were used and about measurement of exposures) and most were conducted in settings in which AGPs (aerosol generating procedures) were performed"

                          So, current evidence so far suggests that still more research is needed to be done to determine if one is "more effective" than other, however some lower level studies do point that respirators like N95 may be more effective against viral particles. Again, many other factors that influences that efficacy (i.e. appropriate method of wearing the masks). Regardless, masks up, and stay at home!




    • +9

      N95 is the US standard….and patented by 3M. So a lot of companies are using the KN95 standard which is virtually identical and license free

      • -5

        Standard (or an idea) cannot be patented. Only methods to create an implementation can be patented. 3M is one of many companies who own patents.

        • +4

          Check it on the news, there have been calls for 3M to release the patent on N95. N95 is developed by 3M (and those specifications are for their technology) and they do own the patent for it. KN95 and the european version FFP2 are very similar to the N95 "standards" / specifications.

          • -3

            @Sammyboy: 3M doesn't have a patent "on N95". They have patents relating to the manufacture and design of their own N95 respirator. This is like saying "Smartphones are patented by Apple" just because they have patents relating to their smartphone product.

            Therefore even if a manufacturer labels their product "KN95" instead of "N95", this is irrelevant to whether or not their product infringes on 3M's patents.

            N95 respirators are not 'licenced' by 3M; they are approved by NIOSH, a US government organization.

            • @bidoof: They pay a licensing fee. Why do you think every company under the sun is making KN95 masks. Production costs would be the same. Find me a N95 mask without 3M branding. There isn't

              • +2


                Find me a N95 mask without 3M branding. There isn't


                • -2

                  @AlexF: Okay. I strand corrected. However it seems all are having to pay licensing to make a n95 respirator/mask. Hence the expensive pricing on n95 to kn95.

                  "Kentucky Governor Requests 3M Release N95 Patent

                  Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called on the United States-based company 3M to release its patents for N95 respirators – a type of protective mask in desperately short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

                  “The procurement is incredibly difficult, as is the manufacture because it’s under patent,” Beshear said in a press conference on 1 April. He added that it was the company’s “patriotic duty” to license the N95 patents “to the nation” during the pandemic so that “everybody else can manufacture it.”

                  While 3M is not the only producer of N95s, it is the largest domestic producer. The company holds 441 patents in the US that mention ‘N95’ or ‘respirator,’ according to a list from James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, a patent watchdog group. The newest respirator-related patent granted to 3M was approved just yesterday, on 7 April 2020."

                  • +3

                    @Sammyboy: Unfortunately this is a complete misunderstanding of how patents work.

                    Yes, 3M has patents covering the specific designs and technology behind its respirator products. This means you have to pay a fee to copy their designs or technology; you do not have to pay a fee to 3M to call it an "N95".

                    For example, take patent US10575571B2, one of those patents owned by 3M that mentions 'N95'.

                    The patent covers a flat-fold respirator where the filtration layer also functions as a stiffening layer. If you made a respirator that copies this design, you would still have to pay 3M, even if you called it a 'KN95'.

                    On the other hand, if you made your own respirator that doesn't copy this design and therefore has separate filtration and stiffening layers, you wouldn't be infringing on 3M's patent even if you called it an "N95 respirator".

                    If this distinction is still difficult to understand I suggest comparing the words "patent" and "trademark" in the dictionary to learn how those differ.

              • +1
      • Both are very similar to Australia's P2 specification masks.

        • +2

          They are good enough to be the same

          P2 is the Australian accreditation
          N95 is the American accreditation
          KMOEL is the Korean accreditation
          FFP2 is the European accreditation
          DS is the Japanese accreditation

          All accreditations are slightly different but they are all close enough

    • +1

      I bought from the first mob listed in this Huffpo article - https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/where-to-buy-face-ma...

      Most community based sellers are selling for $10-15 a mask.

      • Thank you very much.:)

    • 90 is not going to be good as a 95 which is the recommended equivalent to PM2.5…

      • You mean P2. PM2.5 is just referring to a particles size

        • Too many numbers bleh. 90% of PM2.5.

  • +2

    Why pay for Click and Collect when you could just go to the store and buy it without paying the extra $3

    • they may sell out? would be one & only reason really…

      • +3

        That is true, that's why I got my disposables at Chemist Warehouse online within minutes of the announcement and could pick up the next day after they had sold out.

        Sorry dead brain after home schooling for a week to 4 children.lol

      • +1

        click n collect is no guarantee of stock, the store staff need to get around to looking and orders and get the stock off the floor, and it might be gone …..happens on those killer deals e.g cordless drills , walk ins clear the shelf before staff do the click n collect orders when it's quiet.

    • +2

      unfortunately not yet available in-store :(

      • +1

        Just went to a store. Online only, sorry!

  • And if there KN95 tested and they pass the test why are they not medical grade

    • +5

      First of all it says KN90

      2nd , the FILTER INSERTS are rated , not the mask, the FILTER FILTERS LIKE IT SHOULD BRUH , the mask is just a pocket that is probably fitted like crap and won't help you.

      Medical grade has alot going for it, not just a test.

      • Another brain fart, I didn't notice the number was different that was very helpful thank you I think I'm going to stick to my disposable medical grade masks

    • +1

      I believe reusable masks cannot be medical grade as they must be a single use item.

    • "Medical grade" means it listed with the TGA, it's an expense that customers will not appreciate

    • There is more than just the filter rating that makes them medical grade.

  • How do you test the effectiveness of a mask? I made a funnel out of this el cheapo $19 for 50 including postage mask, poured half a cup of water into it, and the inside was completely dry 30 minutes later. That's got to mean something doesn't it?


    • That's got to mean something doesn't it?

      That you had it in a dry endowment where it could dry
      That it was warm enough for the water to evaporate
      That it wasn't in an airtight container
      That water evaporates when left in the right conditions
      That you did a pointless experiment

      • +1

        Your comment on my experiment bears no relationship to my experiment. "Dries", "evaporates"- wtf are you on about? I put a large volume of water on the outside surface, left it there for 30 minutes, and nothing made it through to inside surface, where my nose and mouth goes.

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