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Sustainability Matters: Organic Cotton Menstrual Products

March 2nd, 2021

We all remember reciting the 3 Rs as wide-eyed students celebrating Earth Day in our classrooms, mapping out in our heads how we would protect the environment while a dancing earth cartoon sang “Reduce, reuse, recycle!” in the background. We were each determined to do our part, no matter how small.

Fast forward to today, and you’re probably more likely to see a hoverboard on the street than a recycling bin. Ugh. BUT WAIT—we don’t want to let our 7-year-old selves down. We KNOW community-wide sustainability efforts are important (the dancing earth said so!), so why aren’t we seeing more of them? Where do we initiate these efforts?


Let’s be real. So much goes on when we use a public bathroom that we rarely notice the products around us. We’re so focused on popping a squat before class or a weekly work meeting, that we forget what environmental impact we might be making. When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. So what’s a fast, effective change that can be made? Simple:

Switching out wasteful menstrual products for 100% organic cotton alternatives. OUT with the excessive materials and IN with a smarter, more sustainable option!


Stocking your business or school bathrooms with freely-accessible menstrual products empowers those with a flow and makes sense for your bottom line. Providing free products also eliminates the anxiety menstruators feel when starting their periods in public (who carries coins on them anyways?) and dramatically improves the bathroom experience. Let’s talk sustainability…

FACT: Aunt Flow tampons and pads produce roughly 25% less waste compared to other leading competitors (based on internal research and sustainability testing, conducted in 2019). Other brands are packaged with excess layers of materials, resulting in full waste bins and clogged toilets.

FACT: Aunt Flow organic menstrual products are biodegradable. It can take up to 6 months for an average tampon to biodegrade (based on internal research and sustainability testing, conducted in 2019). Definitely not great.

FACT: Aunt Flow is ideal for LEED buildings. LEED certification—and Aunt Flow—mean more productive places and reduced stress on the environment.

Reducing waste in a period-positive way is super, but you also deserve to know the ingredients in your menstrual products. Did you know that leading brands are not required to disclose their ingredients, which often include carcinogens and harmful toxins? YUCK. Aunt Flow’s 100% organic cotton tampons and pads contain zero synthetics, dyes or other weird stuff. Cheers to sustainable solutions that help the earth AND your vag!


Think offering freely-accessible menstrual products is too costly, not necessary or simply not a priority to protect the environment? Think again! Being mindful of the earth while supporting your employees and guests is KEY for sustainability, and definitely deserves a standing ovulation ovation.

Aunt Flow is committed to changing the world, one cycle at a time.® Take action today to help us achieve sustainability in bathrooms everywhere:

  • Own a business? Get a quote for your Aunt Flow products by filling out our online form. No worries, it only takes 30 seconds to complete!
  • Know a business or school that needs to provide freely-accessible menstrual products? Contact us at or (562) 320-8250 to help a location join the Menstrual Movement.

Aunt Flow is a female-founded enterprise that stocks businesses and universities with their 100% organic cotton menstrual products.