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Greater Columbus Convention to Offer Aunt Flow Products to Guests in Facility Restrooms
The SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) has joined the “menstrual movement” and begun stocking its restrooms with 100 percent organic cotton Aunt Flow-brand tampons and sanitary pads and ensuring they are readily available to guests.
“We are so excited to get this started and definitely think the GCCC is showing the community how to do it better,” said Anne Weigand, Aunt Flow director of happiness.
Aunt Flow is a Columbus-based company that provides businesses and schools across North America with menstrual products to promote greater access to quality tampons and pads that are free of chemicals, synthetics, dyes and perfumes. The company was founded in 2016 by 18-year-old Claire Coder following her inconveniently and unexpectedly needing to depart from an event in order to purchase menstrual products.
Aunt Flow products are now available at more than 350 businesses and schools throughout North America, including Google, Columbus School for Girls, Land Grant Brewing Company, Twitter, Stauf’s Coffee, Viacom, Ohio University, Otterbein University and others.
Aunt Flow products produce 30 percent less waste than other brands and are biodegradable. The company’s research has shown that offering free, quality menstrual products increases work productivity and school attendance and improves the restroom experience by providing the assurance that Aunt Flow amenities will be available when needed.
“We are excited about this Columbus-based program enabling us to purchase 100 percent organic cotton menstrual products and offer them to guests. For every 10 products purchased, Aunt Flow then donates one product to the community,” said GCCC Assistant General Manager Sue Graves. “Aunt Flow has already donated 350,000 menstrual products. We are proud to become a new Aunt Flow supporter.”
Attendees of the 2019 ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Annual Meeting & Exposition will discover Aunt Flow products in GCCC restrooms when visiting August 10-13.
Additionally, on Sunday, August 11 at 4 p.m., Nadya Okamoto, founder and executive director of PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement will be an ASAE Game Changer speaker in the Battelle Grand Ballroom. A 20-year-old Harvard University student, she founded her organization at age 16. Okamoto is the author of Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement and will talk about the power of Generation Z activism and overcoming adversity through advocacy.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center is located in downtown Columbus and owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and managed by SMG. The $140 million expansion and renovation of the facility was completed in July 2017.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 246 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide.
Visit www.columbusconventions.com and www.smgworld.com for more information.
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