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Canada Frees the Tampons

April 12, 2019

The crimson wave is flooding Canada and menstruators are celebrating.

London, Ontario and British Columbia join the menstrual movement by requiring buildings to offer freely accessible menstrual products in washrooms. Aunt Flow supports Canada in ensuring bathrooms are stocked with sustainable products and full-scale solutions.

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Free menstrual products in public schools

Under a ministerial order that was issued Friday, April 5, 2019, all British Columbia public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.

The ministerial order – which takes effect immediately – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.

North Island Students’ Union – Local 15 British Columbia Federation of Students – started stocking their bathrooms with Aunt Flow’s 100% organic cotton menstrual products in 2018. NISU serves post-secondary students, so the school currently falls outside of the ministry directive, which will serve kindergarten to grade 12.

Carissa Wilson lead the initiative at NISU bathrooms stocked with Aunt Flow. Wilson is currently working on a letter asking for a similar mandate from the Ministry of Advanced Education to require post-secondary schools to offer menstrual products.

LONDON, ONTARIO – Free menstrual products  in all arenas, community centers and pools

London, Ontario quickly followed British Columbia’s lead and on April 9, 2019 city council voted unanimously to provide free pads and tampons in all arenas, community centres and pools. Funding has not been allocated, but staff has been designated to understand cost implications and budgetary considerations.

London, Ontario has the third-highest rate of child poverty of cities surveyed during the 2015 census by Statistics Canada. London city council noted that period care products are extremely expensive and providing tampons and pads in washrooms at schools can directly increase school attendance amongst female students.

How Aunt Flow is Supporting

Aunt Flow offers a free-vend, menstrual product dispenser and a sustainable line of organic cotton tampons and pads.

The certified woman-owned company supports hundreds of businesses and schools by stocking their washrooms with menstrual products.

Just like businesses and schools purchase toilet paper to offer in commercial washrooms, they also purchase tampons and pads from Aunt Flow.

Why schools choose Aunt Flow for their menstrual product solution:

  • The ESTROGEN Aunt Flow free-vend menstrual product dispenser is easy to reload and holds 5x the amount of product compared to any other dispenser on the market. This reduces work orders and janitorial time spent restocking.
  • Aunt Flow’s menstrual products are made with 100% organic cotton – no synthetics, rayons, or dyes. Tampons are biodegradable and produce 25% less waste compared to Tampax® Cardboard Applicator Tampons (based on internal research and sustainability testing conducted in 2019).
  • Aunt Flow has worked with dozens of schools like the North Island Students’ Union. We understand demand, delivery, and how to ensure a successful program.

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claire coder,founder + ceo

claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

Founded in 2016, Aunt Flow is a certified WBENC women-owned company based in Columbus, Ohio. At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton (no weird stuff) and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! For every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®