Flo is a low cost system for cleaning, drying and carrying reusable menstrual pads, so that girls can feel confident and in control. When away from home, the user wears a lightweight carrying pouch under her garments in which new and used pads can be comfortably hidden. Back at home, she can privately clean used pads with a hand-operated washer/dryer unit. The washer/dryer can be created out of found objects or purchased as a final product.
About the Designers
In the fall of 2014, Designmatters and the Product Design Department at ArtCenter College of Design collaborated with the Nike Foundation, Yale School of Management and fuseproject with the challenge of empowering and getting resources into the hands of adolescent girls living in poverty around the world. Mariko, Sohyun and Tatijana are all students of ArtCenter, bringing in different discipline with each focus of study in product design, environmental design, and photography. From Yale, Charlotte and Ben joined to bring in the business aspect to the design decisions. Student teams on both coasts built on existing everyday practices and developed social impact design ideas for income-generating and time-saving tools and techniques that are widely accessible, radically affordable and can be used intuitively by girls in diverse cultures all over the world.