/ by: GuerrillaFeminism

A Subscription Box That Actually Helps People – GF Reviews

[Note: I was not paid to write this post. I was given a free trial box, and I told Coder I would write a post with my own opinions]

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Claire Coder, the 19-year-old founder of an up-and-coming subscription box called Aunt Flow. As someone who is always interested in what rad, powerful women are creating, my interest was piqued!

Aunt Flow is a buy-one, give-one subscription box for 100% cotton tampons and pads. Coder started this endeavor “after learning that menstrual hygiene products are not covered by WIC or food stamps and many of the 16 million people who menstruate living in poverty in the US struggle to get these basic products, I knew I needed to create a sustainable solution.”

Coder was gracious enough to send me a trial box, so I could check it out!

The box is fairly small with a simplistic design on it that says: “People helping people period.” Inside are 100% natural biodegradable tampons and pads. They are FDA-approved, and don’t have any dyes, synthetics, or chemicals!

So how does the subscription work? Well, it’s a customized process (which I love, because let’s be real: not all periods are the same).

Step 1: go to auntflow.org
Step 2: click on “Subscribe Now”
Step 3: follow the steps to “Customize Your Box”
Step 4: select a charity from the drop-down menu for where you want a box sent (not the one for you). Six are listed currently, and when you click on one you can read more about it.
Step 5: choose how frequently you’d like to receive a box (1-month, 6-month, or 12-month)
Step 6: check out!

Here are some images of the steps above:

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I like subscription boxes that also help people, so I’m a huge fan of this one. That being said, I did give Coder some feedback for the produce that I thought would take it to an even higher level.

My main point of contention was the language used. Many of us are used to saying “women who menstruate” or “only women get periods”, etc. The problem with this gendering this language is that is leaves out people who menstruate (and use tampons/pads) but do not identify as women. Thus, I informed Coder that using, “People” or saying “People who menstruate” would be much better. She agreed, and last I heard from her, was in the process of updating this.

So GFs, tell me… what do you think?

 


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