Phoenix Mercury First WNBA Team to Join the Period Party®, Footprint Center Restrooms Stocked with Free Aunt Flow® Pads and Tampons
COLUMBUS, OH, June 1, 2022 – Menstruators attending events at the Footprint Center will no longer have to search for a quarter to get a tampon. The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury partnered with Aunt Flow® on their mission to change the world one cycle at a time by stocking public restrooms in the arena with free 100% organic cotton period products. The Mercury are the first WNBA team to partner with Aunt Flow.
Throughout the arena, Aunt Flow free-vend dispensers are installed in 22 bathrooms, including female, family and gender-neutral restrooms, the Mercury locker room and employee restrooms. The dispensers are stocked with Aunt Flow’s 100% organic cotton tampons and pads that are free from dyes, chemicals, synthetics and other weird stuff. All dispensers were installed ahead of the Mercury’s 2022 season opening game on May 6 and will be available to guests at all year-round Footprint Center events.
“Teaming up with Aunt Flow has been meaningful to us on so many levels,” said Vince Kozar, president of the Phoenix Mercury. “We are proud to take steps to center women in our fan experience, provide them resources and be part of a conversation to help destigmatize periods. On top of that, it’s incredibly gratifying to join forces with a brand that is woman-owned and woman-led and working every day to change the world for the better.”
In addition to providing Footprint Center guests access to free period products, for every 10 tampons or pads sold, Aunt Flow will donate one product to a menstruator in need. To date, more than 2,000 period products will be donated as a result of the Phoenix Mercury partnership.
Since 2016, Aunt Flow has been committed to ensuring everyone has access to period products. Claire Coder started the Columbus, Ohio-based company at 18 years old after getting her period in public without any period products available. The company helped create the B2B industry category, and today, Aunt Flow leads the menstrual movement with 100% organic cotton period products as well as an innovative, patented free-vend period product dispenser that is stocked in the bathrooms of partners like Apple, Google, Princeton University and Netflix.
Within sports, there is a growing movement to provide free period products for all. Along with the Mercury, Aunt Flow currently partners with numerous other sports teams including the Columbus Crew SC and San Jose Earthquakes.
“Public facilities regularly provide free toilet paper, so why aren’t tampons and pads free?” said Aunt Flow Chief Estrogen Officer (CEO) Claire Coder. “The Mercury’s commitment to ensuring free period products for all fans, players and employees is a giant step in guaranteeing period equality for all menstruators. No one should have to search for a tampon or pad in public. It’s a necessity. Period.”
In the past few years, the period equity movement has grown drastically. In 2021 alone, Aunt Flow added 300 new customers, supplied more than 3,000-bathroom dispensers, stocked bathrooms with 5.8 million period products and donated over 1.6 million period products for menstruators in need.
About Aunt Flow
Aunt Flow is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to period products. Claire Coder founded Aunt Flow after getting her period in public without the supplies needed. At 18-years-old, she dedicated her life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide high-quality menstrual products for free in bathrooms. Now, 900+ companies have joined the menstrual movement with Aunt Flow, providing free-vend dispensers stocked with 100% organic tampons and pads. For every 10 tampons and pads sold, Aunt Flow donates 1 to a menstruator in need. We call this people helping people. PERIOD.® For more information and to join the menstrual movement, visit www.goauntflow.com.
About Phoenix Mercury
Led by the 2021 Olympic gold-medal winning trio of Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Tina Charles, and coming off the club’s fifth WNBA Finals appearance in franchise history, the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury are back in Phoenix this summer as the trio attempts to lead the Mercury to a WNBA record-tying fourth championship in 2022.
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