PPE: Options for Masks, Gloves, and PPE

Choosing reusable PPE, such as fabric masks and soap, or hand sanitizer instead of gloves, is better for the environment and your wallet. Learn how to care for your reusable PPE and how to safely dispose of single-use masks or gloves when they are the only option available.



Fabric masks help reduce waste and save money over buying disposable. Be sure to wash fabric masks regularly – warmer water is better – and dry the mask completely before reusing.


Handwashing for 20-seconds with soap and water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer actively destroys the virus, and are preferred alternatives to gloves.



Place single-use personal hygiene items like face masks, gloves, used tissues, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, etc. in a plastic bag and place securely in a garbage bin. Double bag these items if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.


Find more information on PPE through the BC Centre for Disease Control: