While product overuse and vandalism within restrooms are rare with Aunt Flow products, it is most likely to occur in adolescent-heavy environments, like K-12 schools.
Why it Happens
People have to get used to new things in the bathroom. Once they’re not worried about the “scarcity” of these items, then things are not wasted.
Vandalism Prevention Tips
While there is no one way to prevent vandalism in schools, here are some of the most effective solutions we have seen at Aunt Flow:
Marketing & Signage
It’s vital to educate people on the importance of the accessibility of such products AND the importance of ensuring that these products are not misused!
Pro-tip: Download our anti-vandalism signage to place next to your dispenser!
Menstrual Equity Education & Awareness
Language is power. Understanding and talking about the experiences of menstruators and the challenges associated with period poverty and menstrual equity can form empathy and positive attitudes toward free-vend period products.
Some examples to help promote your program:
- Create a video
- Give a presentation to students
- Send out an email update
We have quite a few schools that have led “school bathrooms tours” once the dispensers are implemented. That way, students can see the dispensers, learn how to use them as well as dispose of products properly. Students love the “field trip” they get out of it and respect the products!
- DOJ Vandalism Factors
- Adopt-A-Room Intervention
- Dealing with School Vandalism
- Case Study: United Schools Network
- Case Study: Haverford High School