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Aunt Flow Dispenser

Implementing a Free Menstrual Product Program

October 27, 2019

Throughout 2018 and 2019, 5 states in America passed legislation requiring middle schools and high schools to offer freely accessible menstrual products in the bathrooms. New York was the first state to require all schools to provide free tampons and pads in school bathrooms. California, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Tennessee quickly followed the lead. Nova Scotia and London, Ontario in Canada have both considered allocating funds to implement these basic necessities. 


With more movement in the industry, there has become an increase in demand for bulk menstrual products and menstrual product dispensers that do not operate with coins, but rather dispense products for free. 

Both the product and the dispensers come at a cost to schools, thus the decision on which brand and dispenser to use is a critical choice. 

We thought it would be beneficial to lay out all of the information in one place to do the comparison:

BULK TAMPON OPTIONS

AUNT FLOWTAMPAX/NATURELLE
Ingredients Organic cottonRayon, Synthetics, Bleached w/Chlorine
BiodegradableYesYes
InsertionSmooth-Tip for Easy Insertion“Muffin Top” resulting in uncomfortable insertion
ApplicatorCardboardCardboard
AbsorbencyRegularRegular
Certified, Woman-OwnedYESNO
CompatibleESTROGEN Aunt Flow® DispenserHospeco Dispenser
DonationsFor every 10 tampons sold, Aunt Flow donates one back to a menstruator in needNo reported donations per order placed

BULK SANITARY PAD OPTIONS

AUNT FLOW®GUARD PADS
Ingredients Organic cottonRayon, Synthetics, Bleached w/Chlorine
WasteThin envelopeThin envelope, cardboard box
ThicknessThinVery Thick
WingsYESNO
Rewetting (Can you feel your menstrual fluid?)NOYES
Certified, Woman-OwnedYESNO
CompatibleESTROGEN Aunt Flow® DispenserHospeco Dispenser
DonationsFor every 10 tampons sold, Aunt Flow donates one back to a menstruator in needNo reported donations per order placed

FREE-VEND MENSTRUAL PRODUCT DISPENSERS

ESTROGEN Aunt Flow® DispenserConverting a Coin MachineHospeco Evogen
Capacity50 tampons / 50 pads20 tampons / 12 pads22 tampons / 16 pads
Reloading TimeLess than 20 seconds using Cartridges60+ seconds, reload piece-by-piece60+ seconds, reload piece-by-piece
Time Delay to Reduce OveruseMechanicalNoneElectrical
Needs Batteries?NONOYES
Warranty?Lifetime WarrantyNoneNone
Product CompatibilityAunt Flow® Patent-Pending CartridgesTampax/Naturelle + GuardTampax/Naturelle + Guard
InstallationIncludedNot IncludedNot Included
General Cost$300$25 piece + labor$300-$800 + labor

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founder + ceo

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

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 and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

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